At this point, I think it is safe to say that I am an expert at all sorts of strange colors, bumps, and textures coming from my son’s groinular area. By far my least favorite version is a yeast diaper rash. Those little red scales just look so painful.
The good news is you can effectively rid your household of yeast diaper rash with home remedies. It does take a few days, but the skin will heal properly with time and a little mommy TLC.
If you are struggling with yeast diaper rash, you will find the three best yeast diaper rash home remedies in this post.
Causes of yeast diaper rash
Our skin is a diverse ecosystem that is home to a variety of microorganisms, one of which includes fungi (source).
Remember way back to middle school biology? You might vaguely recollect your teacher talking about symbiotic relationships, which is precisely the role that the bacteria, viruses, fungi, and yes, even mites, play in maintaining a perfect balance on the surface of our skin. They help protect our body from invaders. (source)
When this delicate balance gets thrown off, we can see an overgrowth in yeast (also called candida). There are multiple things that can throw off your baby’s skin microbiome and allow yeast diaper rash to take over the healthy skin. These include:
- Excessive moisture
- A breastfeeding mom on antibiotics
- Baby on antibiotics
- A diet high in sugary foods
- Non-breathable cloth diapers
- Frequent bowel movements
- Reactions to topical irritants
First and foremost, when I see any abnormal color and texture on my son’s skin, I try to make sure I can identify the type of condition I am dealing with. I love this visual guide to children’s rashes and skin conditions.
I recently read a story where one poor mom went through about every single diaper rash cream and yeast diaper rash home remedy for MONTHS, only to find out her daughter had eczema. What an expensive way to drive yourself a little crazy. My heart totally goes out to her!
Before you begin home remedies, you definitely want to make sure you are treating the right skin condition.
Yeast Diaper Rash Home Remedies
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar or ACV is one of those age-old remedies in your great grandmother’s cupboard and probably one of the reasons she lived to a ripe old age of 98. ACV is a wonderful anti-fungal agent and can be used topically as a yeast diaper rash home remedy.
To use apple cider vinegar to treat yeast diaper rash, mix up a solution of half filtered water and half raw apple cider vinegar. Make sure the stuff you are using is unpasteurized like this one. With every diaper change use a clean cotton cloth or Q-tip and dab a little of the solution on the area after you have cleaned off all of the dirty bits.
Candida thrives in dark, moist environments. Whenever you can, let that cute little tush go bare! We love spending a little time outside each day bare-bottomed. The sunlight really helps make an inhospitable environment for yeast and the extra vitamin D is a total bonus.
I first started noticing yeast diaper rash on my son when we got more serious about cloth diapering. I realized that the cloth diaper shells I had were not breathable. They were locking in a lot of heat and moisture and aggravating the rash. I bought this wool diaper cover and have been using it instead with my inserts. It definitely helps to keep the yeast diaper rash under better control.
Sometimes I just switch back to eco-disposable diapers for a few changes as well because they have better absorption capacity.
You also want to make sure you are changing your baby’s diaper frequently to prevent rashes. I am semi-guilty of getting caught up and forgetting to change my little man’s diaper. I always feel so bad when this happens, but he isn’t one that makes a fuss over a dirty diaper, so it can be easy to lose track of time.
I have seen a bunch of advice on the internet that suggest using cornstarch to absorb moisture between skin folds. While in theory, this does seem like a good idea, it is really hard to find non-GMO corn starch. If you think about this, it means the cornstarch is made from corn with mutated DNA so it can withstand gobs of roundup being sprayed all over it. That is not really the ideal thing to put on sensitive baby skin especially when it is already compromised by yeast diaper rash.
Also, consider that yeast feeds on sugary things. Corn is a starch (aka SUGAR!). I am not going to site a reference for this. I’m sorry, but to me it’s common sense and I have no idea how our society has allowed food to become this poisoned and that everyday citizens have to spend a small fortune to buy pure food.
ANYWAYS, that’s my soapbox for this post!
Instead of cornstarch, I decided to go with this clay to absorb the moisture.
Clay has been used for centuries to heal the human body both internally and externally. (source) It is definitely one of mother nature’s gifts to moms for healing yeast diaper rash naturally. It works well for keeping the skin dry between diaper changes.
In fact, bentonite clay works well for all kinds of childhood skin conditions including heat rash. Here is a before and after of one day using bentonite clay for yeast diaper rash. I think later on I will write an entire post about the usefulness of bentonite clay.
In the end, doesn’t it all always seem to come back to coconut oil? Gosh, I just love that stuff!
So the deal with coconut oil is first and foremost, it is a safe moisture barrier for the skin. It is anti-inflammatory, promotes skin healing, and offers some UV protection. It is also antimicrobial and antifungal (source). All the above makes coconut oil the bee’s knees for yeast diaper rash home remedies.
I also love that coconut oil is just plain cheap and can be used for so many other things. You don’t have to go buy an expensive diaper rash cream you may only use a few times. I like using this coconut oil for all my homemade baby products.
I just add it to my subscribe and save every 5 months and get a new big tub of it.
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