Diaper rash is a major menace that disturbs many mothers. It makes the skin of the baby red, sore and scaly. It can be due to improper management of diaper but most of these rashes subside in a few days if proper care is given.
But at certain times, the rashes won’t subside easily and it may be because of the fungal infection. It arises because the plastic leak proofing diaper develops moist warm environment inside which helps the fungi to thrive.
It is caused by a fungus called candida albicans. It normally appears as slightly raised small red dots spreading out of the main part of the rashes. Most probably such rashes are seen in the skin creases which then spread to other parts of the skin.
It may be due to the removal of beneficial bacteria from the baby’s body. This happens because of the antibiotics transmitted from the breastfeeding mother to the baby. Diarrhea, urine etc can also be a reason for fungal diapers.
Remedies for Fungal Diaper Rash
The best remedy to cure fungal rash is to keep the baby’s bottom dry and clean. Change the diaper whenever it gets soiled. Apply a little breast milk on the baby’s but and it can cure the rashes to a great extend.
Apply a mixture of olive oil and lavender oil on the affected area. Lavender oil has antifungal and antiseptic properties while olive oil has got soothing properties. So a mixture of these oils can heal the fungal rashes easily.
Take some warm water in the baby’s tub and add a few drops of tea tree essential oil to the water. Soak the baby’s bottom in this water for a few minutes. Tea tree essential oil has immense antifungal properties and hence helps to reduce the rashes easily. Direct application of tea tree oil on the skin may damage the skin and hence take care to dilute the oil.
Mix equal parts of white vinegar and warm water and spray it on the bottom area of the baby. Allow this spray to remain on the area for some time and then pat it dry to wear a new diaper.
If the diaper rashes still persist, consult a doctor who can prescribe antifungal creams or medications to your baby.