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Candida Diaper Rash (Infant/Toddler)

Candida is a yeast that grows everywhere, especially in warm, moist areas. It is common for Candida to grow in the skin folds under a diaper. Candida can also grow in cracks of an untreated diaper rash. This is considered a secondary infection. Either condition is called a Candida diaper rash.

With a Candida rash, the entire area under the diaper may be bright red. The borders of the rash may be raised. Smaller patches may grow outward. But they eventually blend in with the larger rash. The rash may have small bumps and pimples filled with pus. The scrotum in boys may be very red and scaly. The area will itch and cause the child to be fussy.

Candida diaper rash is usually treated with an over-the-counter antifungal cream or ointment. Resistant infections may require a prescription medication. Usually the rash will clear in a few days after applying medication. Sometimes an oral Candida infection (thrush) will develop simultaneously. In rare cases, a bacterial infection will develop.

Home Care:

Medications: The doctor will recommend an antifungal cream or ointment for the diaper rash. The doctor may also prescribe a medication for the itch. Follow the doctor’s instructions for giving these medications to your child.

General Care:

  1. Change your child’s diaper as soon as it is soiled. Always change the diaper at least once at night.

  2. Gently pat the area clean with a warm, wet soft cloth. Dried feces can be loosened by squeezing warm water on the area or adding a few drops of mineral oil. If soap is used, it should be gentle and free of fragrance.

  3. Allow your child to be diaper-free for periods of time. Exposing the skin to air will allow it to heal. Avoid using a hair dryer or heat lamp on your child’s skin. It can cause skin burn.

  4. Apply a generous layer of antifungal medication on the rash. The medication can be left on the skin between diaper changes. New layers can be safely applied on top of previous, clean layers of ointment.

  5. Put the diaper on loosely.

  6. Use a breathable cover for cloth diapers instead of rubber pants. Slit the elastic legs or cover of a disposable diaper in a few places. This will allow air to circulate.

  7. Avoid using powders like talc or cornstarch. Talc is harmful to the baby’s lungs. Cornstarch can cause the Candida infection to get worse.

  8. Wash your hands well with soap and warm water before and after changing your child’s diaper.

Follow Up

as advised by the doctor or our staff.

Special Notes To Parents:

Talk to your doctor about the best type of diaper for your child to wear while recovering from a Candida infection. Current studies show that diaper rash appears with almost the same frequency in children wearing cloth or disposable diapers. Other studies show that children who are breastfed tend to have fewer episodes of diaper rash.

Get Prompt Medical Attention

if any of the following occur:

  • Fever greater than 100.4°F (38°C)

  • Continuing infection after several days of treatment, or worsening rash

  • Blisters, open sores, raw skin, bleeding

  • Signs of pain or itching

  • Signs of worsening infection, such as increased redness or swelling, worsening pain, or foul-smelling drainage from the affected area

 

 
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