Thrush Diaper Rash
The most common symptom of yeast overgrowth in babies is oral thrush. However, diaper thrush comes in as a close second. Many times parents don’t realize that persistent diaper rashes are the result of yeast overgrowth. You may be wondering, “How do I know if my baby has a diaper rash yeast infection?”
If the rash around your baby’s bum or genitals is angry, red and has a distinct red border, then you can know with almost 100% certainty it’s caused by yeast. A thrush diaper rash will sometimes spread onto other areas as satellite spots; yeast diaper rashes may also sometimes be scaly or shiny.
What about other yeast related symptoms – has your baby been exposed to antibiotics? Is she or he gassy, fussy or have intestinal discomfort? Are there rashes on any other parts of your baby’s body? Are there any oral thrush symptoms? Does mom have yeast symptoms?
Generally, any diaper rash that lasts more than a few days will have yeast as at least part of the problem. Yeast diaper rashes can come on very suddenly, especially after a baby is exposed to antibiotics or other risk factors for thrush. I know of one mother whose baby, after being treated with antibiotics, literally developed a severe diaper rash yeast infection in a matter of a couple of days. The baby’s skin was peeling off his scrotum; that’s how severe the rash was.
It’s important to consider whether or not your baby’s diaper rash might be caused by thrush, because some of the exact things you do to treat typical diaper rash will prevent diaper thrush from ever healing. For example, using oily creams will keep the skin from breathing and make it almost impossible for the rash to ever really go away.
Diaper thrush, in addition to oral thrush, is a sign of a general yeast infection in infants. From a holistic point of view, the best solution is to treat the yeast in the diaper area and also to treat the baby for yeast overgrowth internally as well. Otherwise, you can be almost 100% certain the yeast is also growing in other areas where you can’t see it, such as your baby’s intestinal tract.
This can cause all kinds of problems both in the short term and the long term. For example, in the short term, your baby will be more at risk for colic, tummy trouble, food sensitivities, allergies, ear infections, colds, flus, etc. Over the long term, the yeast can continue to grow unseen and contribute to more serious problems such as ADD/ADHD, asthma, headaches, weakened immunity, etc.
Think of your baby’s immune system as a fence or a barrier against harmful organisms. If yeast is overgrowing either as infant oral thrush or a yeast diaper rash, it’s a sign that fence has been broken, at least. This paves the way for other harmful organisms, such as viruses or bacteria to also come in and cause problems. It’s common for babies with thrush symptoms who are never treated properly to go on to have ear infections, sinus infections, frequent colds, etc.
At Thrush911, we feel the best approach is to treat babies with yeast symptoms holistically, so that this fence, the immune system, is repaired. This gets rid of the yeast symptoms and also protects a baby against other harmful infections as well.