Yeast infection in babies generally occurs in the areas covered by the diaper, and is manifested as a red itchy rash that causes discomfort. The following article provides an overview of this condition.
Yeast infection in babies may be a difficult condition to deal with, and may cause tremendous pain and irritation to the little ones. The causative agent is a fungus known as Candida albicans, which grows optimally on warm, moist, and dark surfaces. This fungus exists as a part of the natural flora of the body, and is usually harmless. It is present in the mouth, skin, bowels, and vaginal regions. In case of babies a diaper rash that is left unchecked or untreated, may easily result into a yeast infection. According to experts, the most common factor which triggers yeast infection in babies is the use of antibiotics. These drugs tend to destroy the population of the ‘good’ bacteria in the body, thus facilitating an excessive growth of C. albicans.
Symptoms of this condition are prominent, and easily noticed. The affected baby develops a diaper rash which appears like red dots, pimples, or blisters. The affected area appears a little raised, tender, and soft. In severe stages, the affected skin may develop cracks, and may even bleed.
Mild cases of yeast infection can be treated with the help of topical antifungal medicines. It is recommended that the use of medication must be continued until the infection gets resolved completely. In addition, mothers must ensure to change the diapers frequently, in order to keep the baby’s skin clean and dry.
- While changing the diaper, wash the affected area with a solution of water and vinegar. Then apply a mixture of roman chamomile essential oil and lavender oil, onto the area. Wait for a few minutes so that the oil is absorbed by the skin, and then dress the baby with a new diaper.
- Bathe your baby using warm water mixed with apple cider vinegar. This kind of bath not only treats the infection, but soothes the skin as well. Follow this method everyday for a week, or until the symptoms subside.
- Apply aloe vera gel onto the affected area, 2-3 times a day. The antifungal property of aloe vera helps in treating as well as preventing yeast infection.
- If your baby is less than six months of age, then apply yogurt onto the affected area. Older babies can be fed with half a cup of yogurt, once a day, to deal with the infection.
Note: It is always recommended that parents consult the appropriate pediatrician before resorting to any home remedies or drugs.
Although yeast infection is common in most babies, once they outgrow wearing diapers, the infection usually does not occur.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.