Diaper thrush: how to fight it as a parent
Diaper thrush is a common condition in babies and refers to infection with the yeast Candida albicans. In countries where babies are normally swaddled
this skin infection is widespread and usually affects the baby’s buttocks and genitals. The thighs, back and stomach can also be affected by diaper thrush.
Candida albicans occurs naturally in the human digestive tract and mouth. However, the fungus can multiply in moist skin folds and mucous membranes and lead to painful diaper rash. This manifests itself through various symptoms.
The symptoms of diaper thrush
Diaper thrush in babies initially manifests itself as a slight reddening in the area of the anus. As the inflammation progresses, the skin then turns dark red and the redness spreads over the genitals to the entire diaper area. A hallmark of diaper thrush is red blisters, sometimes with a white border, and pustules that are widespread over the skin. Often the edge of the rash is affected with whitish and scaly borders.
Diaper thrush causes a lot of pain for babies. The skin is also often itchy, making the baby restless and crying when cleaning and when they wet themselves. If the baby touches the inflamed areas and then puts his hand in his mouth, then oral thrush can form there next to the diaper thrush. These two skin diseases often go hand in hand as the mouth, with its mucous membranes, is susceptible to fungal infections.
You can read more about diaper thrush in this article!
What parents can do about diaper thrush
In addition to medicinal treatment with ointments and supportive homeopathic treatment, there are a number of things you, as a parent, can do for your baby to counteract diaper thrush.
It is important to keep the diaper area as clean and dry as possible when infected with diaper thrush. This is the only way the inflammation can subside and the baby’s skin can heal. In order to create these conditions, various things must be considered.
Your baby’s diaper should be changed as frequently as possible. It is optimal if the baby is not wearing a diaper at times and air can get to the skin so that the inflammation can heal. Cotton diapers are a good alternative to the conventional disposable diapers from the drugstore for diaper thrush. However, the cotton diapers should be boiled after each use.
This is how you can prevent diaper thrush
After changing the diaper, your baby’s skin should be washed with lukewarm water and then dried well. The ointment prescribed by the doctor can then be applied and should ideally be left to soak in the fresh air before the baby is swaddled again. After each changing process, you should wash your hands thoroughly and change or disinfect the changing mat. Mild and anti-inflammatory baths made from oat or wheat bran help the baby, as do oil baths.
You cannot really protect your baby from diaper thrush. Frequent changing of the diaper, especially when your baby has diarrhea, and regular cleaning of the diaper area help prevent diaper thrush. Moisture promotes the spread of diaper thrush, so your baby should be kept as dry as possible.
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