raw neck

Cynthia - posted on 10/28/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 4 month old has a nasty raw spot under his chin. i know it is from him drooling and i know the best thing is to keep it dry. what i'm asking is what can i do about the rawness and pain. he screamed in the bath because it burns. it also stinks, even when he is clean it still stinks. i thought maybe it could be an infection, maybe a yeast infection. i don't know how to make it better. i've been putting him on his tummy to let it get air. i've used diaper cream and i've tried baby powers. does anyone know what i can do.

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Any athlete's foot cream or monostat will do, no it is not harmful. If he smells like old socks, beer, or wet bread you can bet it is a yeast rash. No need to rush him to an ER for this. It probably looks really bright red. No harm in putting monostat on it, my dr's have had me use it for all the kids yeast rashes & they normally gave me a 2% cortisone cream to cut the 2 half & half before I put it on. The cortisone cream helps deal with the inflammation of the skin & the foot cream or monostat deals with the yeast infection. It will not harm a 4 month old, it hasn't harmed any one of my 3.

Kate CP - posted on 10/28/2011

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I would visit a Care Now clinic or something and have a nurse practitioner or some one look at it. Yeast infections don't typically stink...this sounds like a nasty bacterial infection.

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My dr told me not to use adult yeast cream on my daughter when she had a yeast infection. Its too strong because its made for an adult, not an infant. Its the difference between adult and baby Tylenol. She needed a milder version of the cream.

Neva - posted on 10/28/2011

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Yes, monistat is fine. Its used on diaper yeast infections all the time. If it doesn't work may need a prescription. That's why if it doesn't get better, need to see the pediatrician.

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Merry - posted on 10/28/2011

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I'd call the dr. Doesn't sound like an emergency but sounds worse then 'normal'

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Put a call into your ped's dr to see if maybe he could call something in for you. Your area doesn't have an urgent care you can go to?

Cynthia - posted on 10/28/2011

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thanks. i wanted to try something this weekend so i can avoid going to the er. his doctor is closed today and not open until monday but i feel like i can home treat and have it cleared by then. thanks for the advice. and if it is not better i will take him monday.

Neva - posted on 10/28/2011

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It could either be a yeast infection or bacterial infection due to the constant wetness running under his chin. You can try some OTC yeast cream like Monistat. Apply 4 times a day. In between apply an antibiotic cream like Neosporin or similar. Make sure you keep the area clean and dry by putting a towel or cloth diaper under his chin when he feeds. If this does not clear up in a few days, you need to take him to his pediatrician.

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