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YoungBites. Dated: 4/20/2017 9:47:06 AM

Diaper Rash in Toddlers

If your toddler has diaper rash, a yeast infection can make it worse. Or, you can easily mistake a yeast infection for diaper rash. This is what happened with our daughter.
It doesn't get any better with diaper rash cream.
The irritation is symmetrical on both sides where the skin touches.
Is It Dangerous?
Yeast infections aren't usually dangerous, but they are uncomfortable. This is especially true for young children. In rare cases, the infection can get into the bloodstream in children whose immune systems are already weakened. This can also happen for in children with medical conditions requiring IVs or catheters in their skin for a long period of time.
Skin yeast infections in toddlers are usually treated with antifungal ointments that you apply directly to the affected areas.
Other types of yeast infections in the body, such as those that can develop in the mouth or even spread to other parts in the body, will need to be treated with oral antifungal medications like fluconazole.
Most yeast infections resolve within two weeks after starting treatment, but reoccurrence is common.
Prevention is key for yeast infections. Talk to your child's doctor about only using antibiotics when necessary.
If your child is getting prescribed antibiotics too frequently, they might kill off the "good" bacteria or some of the necessary bacteria that keep yeast at bay.
Other tips for treating a current yeast infection and preventing future yeast infections include:
Checking pacifiers. Older pacifiers can harbor yeast growth, so check your child's favorite and replace it if necessary.Replacing bottle nipples. Like pacifiers, bottle nipples are a risk factor for the development of an oral yeast infection. Frequent diaper changes. Keeping your toddler's diaper area dry can help prevent yeast infections, especially at night.
Making dietary changes. Reducing sugar intake, limiting dairy, and cutting artificial sweeteners might help keep Candida growth in check. Yeast seem to "feed" off of the excess sugar. These effects have only been studied in women though, not in toddlers.


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