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Yeast Diaper Rash | Symptoms & Treatment

Natural Remedies For Yeast Diaper Rashes

Fortunately, diaper rashes are usually treated and prevented very easily.  Like many skin conditions, one of the best treatments is regular, healthy skincare. By balancing the yeast diaper rash home remedies listed below with a medicated ointment, you can help soothe your baby’s bum and prevent future rashes from occurring.

  1. Gently clean the area with a mild soap and warm water. Use a soft towel to pat dry  and/or allow to air dry. Use a mild soap such as Triple Wash or Triple Soap in order to avoid further irritation of baby’s sensitive skin.
  2. Keep the diaper area dry.  As we’ve mentioned, yeast infections thrive in warm, moist areas. By keeping your baby’s bottom clean and dry, you can prevent future rashes.
  3. If possible, give your baby’s bottom some Air Time. Your baby will benefit from some diaper free time! Infections and rashes are much less likely to form if the Candida is not confined in a moist area for extended times. Regular time without a diaper will help your child be much more comfortable, and help heal and prevent rashes.

Yeast Diaper Rash Treatment

At Summers Laboratories, we firmly believe that the most effective treatments and prevention strategies are a combination of healthy skincare habits and medicated treatment as necessary.  Healthy bathing, moisturizing, and preventative skincare habits are the best way to prevent future yeast infection diaper rashes. However, when symptoms do arise, medicated topical ointments can help provide relief from discomfort and stop the infection in its tracks.

Look to Summers Labs’ baby care products to help safely clean, hydrate, and protect your baby’s skin.  To relieve existing diaper rash symptoms, use Triple Paste Medicated Diaper Rash Ointment. If you suspect it is a yeast diaper rash, contact your pediatrician.

In most cases of yeast diaper rash, pediatricians will recommend an over-the-counter jock itch medication, like Triple Paste AF, which contains miconazole nitrate, to treat the fungal infection.

Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention


What is a diaper rash?

Diaper rash is any rash that forms in the diaper area. In mild cases, the skin may be red. In more severe cases, there may be painful, open sores. Mild cases clear up within three to four days with treatment.

Symptoms and Causes

What causes diaper rash?

Diaper rash can be caused by any of the following:

  • Too much moisture
  • Chafing or rubbing
  • When urine or stool touch the skin for long periods of time
  • Yeast infection
  • Bacterial infection
  • Reaction to diaper material
  • Reaction to food

When skin stays wet for too long, it starts to break down. When wet skin is rubbed, it also damages more easily. Moisture from a soiled diaper can harm your baby’s skin and make it more prone to chafing. When this happens, a diaper rash may develop.

More than half of babies between 4 and 15 months of age have diaper rash at least once in a two-month period. Diaper rash occurs more often when:

  • Babies are not kept clean and dry
  • Babies have frequent stools, especially when the stools stay in diapers overnight
  • Babies have diarrhea
  • Babies begin to eat solid foods
  • Babies are taking antibiotics or mothers of nursing babies are taking antibiotics

What are symptoms of diaper rash?

  • Slightly reddened skin
  • An area that may be warm to the touch

Management and Treatment

What can I do if my baby gets diaper rash?

If your baby gets a diaper rash, it is important to keep the area as clean and dry as possible. Change wet or soiled diapers right away. This helps cut down how much moisture is on the skin.

Gently clean the diaper area with water and a soft washcloth. Disposable diaper wipes may also be used. Avoid wipes that contain alcohol and fragrance. Use soap and water only if the stool does not come off easily. If the rash is severe, use a squirt bottle of water so you can clean and rinse without rubbing.

Pat dry; do not rub. Allow the area to air-dry fully.

Apply a thick layer of protective ointment or cream (such as one that contains zinc oxide or petroleum jelly). These ointments are usually thick and do not have to be completely removed at the next diaper change. Remember, heavy scrubbing or rubbing will only damage the skin more.

Do not make the diaper too tight, especially overnight. Keep the diaper loose so that the wet and soiled parts do not rub against the skin as much.


How can I prevent diaper rash?

  • Expose your baby’s bottom to fresh air by leaving the diaper off whenever possible.
  • Be aware and change your baby’s diapers as soon as they are wet or soiled. Clean, dry diapers reduce the risk of diaper rash.
  • Use mild detergent to wash your baby’s clothes and linens.
  • Carefully observe any changes in your baby’s skin and digestion when introducing new foods.

Which type of diaper should I use?

Diapers are made of either cloth or disposable materials. Cloth diapers can be washed after they get soiled and used again. Disposable diapers are thrown away after each use.

Research suggests that diaper rash is less common with the use of disposable diapers. However, what is more important than the type of diaper is how often it is changed.

Whether you use cloth diapers, disposables, or both, always change diapers as needed to keep your baby clean, dry and healthy.

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When should I call the doctor about diaper rash?

Sometimes a diaper rash needs medical attention. Talk with your baby’s doctor if:

  • The rash does not look like it’s going away or gets worse two to three days after starting treatment
  • The rash includes blisters or pus-filled sores
  • Your baby is taking an antibiotic and has a bright red rash with red spots at its edges
  • Your baby has a fever along with a rash
  • The rash is very painful
  • You suspect a yeast infection

Diaper Rash Yeast Infections | What To Do

A diaper rash yeast infection can bring a lot of questions and worry to moms and itchiness and pain to the baby. Understanding why diaper rash blisters occur is essential — so is knowing how to prevent it.

Diaper Rash Yeast Infections | What They Are and How to Prevent Them


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What Causes Diaper Rash Yeast Infection?

The cause of a diaper rash yeast infection is Candida albicans. There are more than 15 different types of it, and they can lead to a fungal infection. It’s called candidiasis. The actual name depends on where this infection happens. For example, in the mouth, it’s an oral thrush.

These yeasts are more common than you think. They tend to multiply in the gastrointestinal tract and the mouth. They can also be on the skin and the mucous membranes.

The body can have a lot of them, but they’re actually harmless. A diaper rash in newborn develops when they multiply at a fast rate. By then, the person has developed an overgrowth of the organism.

How Does It Happen?

Many factors can lead to a diaper rash yeast infection. One of these is the environment it’s in.

Like other organisms, yeast needs the right “habitat” to grow and multiply. To develop a baby diaper rash, its surroundings must be warm and moist. It can achieve that when the skin is inside a soiled or wet diaper. Thick cotton diapers tend to keep the moisture close to the baby’s skin as well. Disposable diapers that aren’t super-absorbent can have the same effect.

If your child has been taking antibiotics, it’s possible the rash is due to the medication. This can disturb the ideal flora (or the environment of the organisms in the gut). One of the possible consequences is the increased growth of candida.

Some believe eating food high in sugar can increase the risk of the yeast infection. Science tends to have mixed opinions about it. Yeast infection, though, is common among those with diabetes.

Compare the Different Types of Rashes

Only a pediatrician can officially diagnose a diaper rash yeast infection. He or she is also the only one responsible for recommending the right treatment. As a mom, you can try to look for clues.

An allergic response to diapers, ointments, or detergent can cause an “angry red bottom.” Sometimes, there are areas of worn-away skin.

An infection can happen when bacteria enters the wounds that developed from an earlier rash. Overly vigorous cleaning can also cause cuts and wounds.

Bacterial diaper rashes often leave tiny blisters and scabs. You may also see a “ring” around the anal area.

Contact dermatitis usually occurs in places where the diapers dig into a baby’s skin. These are around the waist and leg openings. There will be a bit of swelling and pinkish skin in those areas.

A diaper rash yeast infection in babies also have unique characteristics. It mostly occurs in the folds of flesh in the baby’s diaper area. It also grows around the testicles or vulva. One telltale sign is a large reddish spot surrounded by clusters of smaller spots. You may also see pus-filled blisters and scabs within the folds of the skin.

How to Get Rid of Diaper Rash

The best diaper rash treatment depends on many factors. These include the actual site, severity, and symptoms.

Here are some of the common treatments for a diaper rash yeast infection:

1. Apply Anti-Fungal Rash Ointments

One of the prescribed treatments for a diaper rash yeast infection is an anti-fungal ointment. It can be oral or topical (applied to the skin). It’s possible for the doctor to recommend both. The topical creams such as ketoconazole can relieve the itchiness and redness. The oral medications can target the possible overgrowth inside the body. Either way, antifungals can prevent the yeast from multiplying.

These medications can be over the counter (OTC) or prescription. A pediatrician may recommend an OTC drug if it’s only a mild diaper rash. A severe diaper rash treatment may involve different types of antifungals. The program may also last for several days.

2. Choose the Right Diaper

Pediatricians tend to disagree which between cloth or disposable diapers can cause rashes frequently. Some babies develop allergies to the dyes or scents in the cheaper disposables. They, though, seem to do a better job at absorbing moisture. In other words, they prevent creating the ideal environment for a diaper rash yeast infection.

The solution? Use the one you feel most comfortable. (The environmental implications of both types are about the same in case you are wondering. Disposables take up space in landfills, but cloth diapers require more energy and water to clean.) Make sure to keep diaper rash prevention in mind when selecting products.

If you use cloth diapers, change them more frequently. Use breathable diaper covers rather than the old-fashioned plastic pants that trap moisture.

If you prefer disposables, select the types marked as extra-absorbent. It helps lower the odds of a diaper rash. In addition, look for packaging that’s marked as free of harsh chemicals and dyes.

3. Change the Nappy

We get it: you want to get through a messy diaper change as quickly as possible. Doing it right will help prevent diaper rashes in the future. It can also keep current diaper rashes from getting worse.

The first task is sometimes the hardest: don’t put off the change. Let’s not pretend that you and your co-parent don’t sometimes hope the other will notice that heavy-looking or foul-smelling diaper first. That’s only natural.

Changing the diaper as soon as it’s wet or soiled will whisk away yeast-causing irritants quickly, too.

Before you carry the baby to the changing area, make a quick trip to the sink for yourself. Washing your hands with mild soap removes any bacteria or irritants you would otherwise pass on during the change. Even if you have to redress your baby right after a change, make sure the area is completely dry before putting a new diaper on.

4. Skip the Baby Wipes

Your baby’s doctor may recommend you use water and clean cloth each time you do the diaper change. In fact, giving up baby wipes altogether can reduce irritation. Wash reusable cloths with hot water and gentle detergent.

If you do use baby wipes, make sure they’re as natural as possible. Many commercial baby wipe products contain chemical scents and alcohol. These tend to create or worsen diaper rash in some babies.

5. Use a Barrier Ointment

Besides the anti-fungal ointments, you can reduce the chances of a diaper rash yeast infection with a barrier ointment. It creates a shield between a baby’s skin and the warm, moist air of the diaper.

If your baby already has a diaper rash, put the barrier ointment over the anti-fungal diaper rash ointment.

6. Go Bare Whenever Possible

Exposure to the air is one of the best medicines for diaper rash yeast infection in babies. After you’ve cleaned or bathed the kid, give them time without any bottoms on. If the baby is not fussy, you can let them lie down or sit on a washable towel.

For older babies who run around the house, you may have to be prepared for a few clean-ups, but it’s worth it for healthier skin. The practice may even lead the way toward earlier potty training. Experts say taking away the safety net of a diaper makes toddlers more aware of body functions.

7. Say No to Talcum

Finally, say no to anything powdery. Talcum powder has been found to have long-term health implications. It can get into your baby’s lungs or enter the bloodstream. Cornstarch, while a natural alternative, can often make a diaper rash worse. This powdery substance acts as a conduit for spreading fungi and bacteria.

Natural Diaper Rash Yeast Infection Remedies

You may prefer to use natural ingredients to alternate or replace diaper rash ointment for a mild rash. Coconut oil and shea butter are emollients that can have antibacterial and antifungal properties. These are both semisolid in thickness – a bit like petroleum jelly. If you like to make a homemade formula, combine equal parts shea butter (or a shea and coconut oil combination) with calendula oil. Calendula contains linoleic acid, which helps ease swelling and redness. Many moms tend to love a diaper cream with calendula.

Lavender essential oil may be safe and soothing for babies. Add a drop or two to your blend. For easy blending, heat the mixture for about 10 seconds in the microwave and then stir. Before it re-hardens, add a few pieces of beeswax for extra solidity. So far, it’s safe to use on the baby’s bottom, upper legs, and other creases. Don’t rub it directly on the genital area.

If you’re planning to use alternative treatments, talk with your pediatrician first.


Get more ideas on how to deal with diaper rash yeast infections straight from a pediatrician. Watch this video by Paul Thomas, MD: