yeast rash

American - posted on 01/07/2016 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 2yr old nephew has a yeast rash in his diaper area. Not sure if I should change his diet or what I can do to treat it till he sees doc the 17th. My kids never had this so I really need some help here ladies. How have you treated it and what worked best?What causes this in boys and how can I prevent it from happening again?

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Dove - posted on 01/07/2016

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I don't know if the vinegar in the bath water would do anything or not... The only actual experience I have w/ using it was when I got a case of ringworm on my hand. Didn't burn ME too badly since I'm an adult, but I could tell it would not be a fun experience for a small child.

Sarah - posted on 01/07/2016

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What I have used successfully was over the counter yeast infection cream for women. Monistat or its generic equivalent. It won't sting, and just like it takes care of a vaginal yeast infection it will kill the yeast in his diaper area. Dab just a small amount over the red area. Also, yogurt with active cultures can help; both with yeast growth and to help slow his bowels. If he has diarrhea (which I don't see mentioned, then it could be a burn on his tush rather than yeast. When kids get viral diarrhea the PH of the stool becomes very alkaline and can cause a terrible red, painful burning tush. I'd choose the yeast infection cream over athlete's foot (although they are basically the same) simply because it is made to go in a delicate place. When the redness clears use it for one more day and he should be back to normal. If this does not help, he will likely need to have a culture of the area to see what is actually growing.

Dove - posted on 01/07/2016

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I think eating yogurt is supposed to help w/ yeast... but if sugar makes it worse I'm not sure if you can get a 2 year old to eat plain yogurt....

White vinegar is also good at killing fungus... but it burns... so would be torture for the poor guy.

Sorry.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/07/2016

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Sorry I missed that you said it is helping. Computer is running wicked slow this morning. I know when I get athletes foot, or my kids do, I use Tea Tree oil because store brands like Lotrimin don't work for me. Tea Tree oil is a natural anti-fungal, anti-bacterial. It is the only thing that helps me. I honestly don't know about putting it in the genital area of such a young boy though. Maybe Sarah will have some further insight or suggestions.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/07/2016

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B- bananas
R- rice
A- apples
T- toast

This is a great remedy for Diarrhea or vomiting, but probably would not be good for what is going on for him since it is high in carbs, which break down into sugar. Is the cream helping?

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American - posted on 01/07/2016

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He eats yogurt daily but will limit now because of the sugar in it. Mix it in his rice cruelties instead of sugar and also his milk because it gives it the strawberry flavour without the added sugar of strawberry syrup. Maybe I can mix the plain yogurt in his milk as well and he would never know the difference. Also will get some ministry today the other is working but only has twice a day treatment. There is no burning as far as I can tell but he scratches it if I don't keep pants on him. He had it bleeding the other night. I try to let him air out but it doesn't work out very well as I spend most of the day cleaning up. The tea tree oil makes since but not sure if it okay to use in groin area. Could I put some vinegar in his bath water? Maybe it wouldn't burn.

American - posted on 01/07/2016

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I talked to his nurse who suggested an anti fungal cream and he has no insurance at this time as he just moved in with me and his application for insurance has yet to be approved. I am using a athletes foot cream which seems to be making it better but not a good as I would like. He is a picky eater and I have heard about a B.R.A.T. diet. Just not sure what that means.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/07/2016

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Yeast LOVES sugar, so cutting that down for now might help. That is a long time to wait for an appointment, any way to get him in sooner or something they can recommend over the phone to use topically? Maybe speak to a nurse? What is being used on it right now?? If he is in a diaper, maybe give him a bath, dry him thoroughly (new clean towel every time to reduce re-infection) and try keeping him out of the diaper as much as possible to air it out.

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