Diaper Rash and Swollen Lymph node

Paula - posted on 01/28/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter has had a pimply diaper rash on her genitals for about a month now. We had her at the nurse less than a month ago and she did not think it was a yeast infection. It has not gotten any worse but is still there. Today I found that she had a swollen lymph node in her groin area. She has had one on the back of her head at the base of her skull for about a month and half. Nurse also said it was nothing. Could they all be related to her diaper rash problem and could it be a yeast infection? Has anyone had a similar experiance?

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Iridescent - posted on 01/29/2011

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Bring her to the doctor. If it's not yeast, then it's certainly bacterial, but either way it's infection. Lymph nodes swell when they fight infection and if her nodes are swollen and the infection isn't improving, you're causing her harm by not getting the appropriate medication or treatment. Lymph nodes in children and even some adults can be swollen for a very long time, and even calcify, and not be a problem and function fine. Knowing which is enlarged and if it's new or not is a very good thing! With infections, they are typically the closest ones to them that enlarge; ear infection causes swelling of ones behind the ear, for example, diaper area infections cause the ones in the groin to swell. Sometimes bug bites can also cause them to swell.

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Jodelle - posted on 04/07/2011

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Have you had any changes since this was originally posted?? I had the same issue and the same time frame. Just went to the drs a few days ago however her glands are still swollen. has yours cleared up??

Amanda - posted on 01/29/2011

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in my experience, dont listen to the nurses that come by to check on baby. they dont know shit.

Sneaky - posted on 01/29/2011

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Take her to a doctor! Though nurses see a lot of 'diaper rashes', if you are concerned enough to ask the question here, then it is worrying enough to take her to see an actual doctor. Good luck.

Iridescent - posted on 01/29/2011

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Also, just a basic guide to tell yeast and bacteria apart -
Both start as reddened areas and sore. Yeast has one distinctive smell though, rather musky, and bacteria is sharper, more foul. Yeast infections and bacterial both spread quickly, but yeast spreads in pin-prick patterns outward from where it is worst - so it will start going down her thighs or up her tummy, dissipating as it gets farther from the main source of infection. Bacteria tends to spread more "whole" - very red area, definite line, and normal tissue surrounding it. Both are very tender. Yeast usually blisters as it worsens, but can form what looks like pimples between those stages - but it WILL blister and/or peel away the damaged skin, showing more damaged skin below. Bacterial will feel firmer than usual, hot, and develop what looks like acne or boils - definite infection. You can get a yeast infection and it gets so bad it gets a secondary bacterial infection on top it, and vice versa, which means both must be treated at the same time. When they cover more than just a small portion of the diaper area, systemic medications should really be used along with topical - medications by mouth, plus ointments. If caught early, ointments are usually plenty. Allergic reactions can also cause both types to "move in" on damaged tissue, so if you're using a new brand of diapers, or the brand you've been using has changed in chemical composition, it leads to damaged tissue and can allow infections of either type to start. Wash your hands and hers after every diaper change, and keep her from being able to touch any damaged tissue to keep from spreading it as both types of infection are very contagious.

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