Getting Rid of a Yeast Diaper Rash
We all have a healthy bacteria that lives in our gastrointestinal tract called lactobacillus acidophilus (or acidophilus for short). When we eat, acidophilus helps to break down our food, and in doing so it produces byproducts like hydrogen peroxide and lactic acid. These byproducts kill unwelcome organisms and bacteria that naturally exist in our intestines from the foods we eat. When baby gets a yeast diaper rash, it is because this harmful bacteria from the intestines has invaded the outer skin area and baby’s acidophilus bacteria was unable to combat it. Thrush is another sign that acidophilus is low in baby's system. This most often occurs if baby has consumed something that has killed the acidophilus bacteria. Common culprits are oral antibiotics, sugar, non-organic dairy, gluten, or breast milk from a mother with a yeast infection. For this reason, the only way to cure a yeast rash on baby is to kill the harmful yeast bacteria, remove the culprit that is killing baby’s acidophilus, restore acidophilus in baby’s system, and disinfect to prevent re-infection.
1. Correctly Identify the Rash
Yeast diaper rashes look like open chicken pox or pimples in baby’s genital area. On occasion they are accompanied by thrush in baby's mouth. If you see something different, check out our list of other common diaper rashes or seek your pediatrician for advice.
2. Kill the Harmful Bacteria
Apply any one of the following to the affected area to clear the rash. This should be applied frequently and in between each diaper change to clear up the rash and kill the yeast causing bacteria.
a. Acidophilus Paste: Combine 1 tbsp of acidophilus powder (or infant probiotic powder), 2 cups of water, 1 crushed glove of garlic. Mix well and let sit for 30 minutes. Then apply. *Do NOT heat the garlic it will destroy its' bacteria fighting abilities.
b. Apple Cider Vinegar (Mix in a 1:3 ratio with water to prevent stinging)
c. Gentian Violet (*can cause purple staining on clothes)
3. Remove the Culprit
Removing sugars and non-organic dairy from your diet and clearing up any yeast infections you might have will help to reduce the reoccurrence of a yeast diaper rash.
4. Restore Acidophilus
Acidophilus (or Infant Probiotics) can be found in many foods including special acidophilus milk, yogurt, carrots, rice starch, bananas, soybeans, garlic and garbanzo beans. In addition, acidophilus can be purchased in capsules, powder form, liquids, and tablets at health food stores. Feeding baby foods high in acidophilus or adding one teaspoon of acidophilus powder per day to baby’s bottle can restore the good bacteria. If baby is on solids, it is best to give the acidophilus supplement one hour before meals.
Yeast bacteria can live up to 5 days on baby’s skin and clothes even after the rash has cleared. Be sure to disinfect baby’s diapers, clothes, and sheets in between uses and up to 5 days after the rash has cleared to prevent reoccurrence. To disinfect add one (1) of the following safe ingredients to the FIRST wash cycle of baby's clothes, sheets and diapers.
1. 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
2. 100 drops of Liquid Grapefruit Seed Extract
3. 1/4 cup of Bleach (suggested brands: Country Save Oxygen Powered, Vaska, or 7th Generation)
Other Tips and Watchouts
1. Do NOT use cornstarch powders or baby powder with cornstarch. The yeast “feeds” on the powder and will make it worse.
2. Be sure to only use the safe bleaches listed above. Other bleaches may contain harmful chemicals that can irritate baby.