C.F. asks from Los Angeles, CA on December 11, 2007
5 Month Old with a Recurring Yeast Infection
Hi, I was wondering if anyone else had a problem with their babies having a recurring yeast infection? I have a 5 month old baby boy and this is the second time he's had it. I got rid of it the first time with Lotrimin, and I'm using the same medicine right now, but is there a way that I can prevent this from happening again? I understand that I need to keep his diaper clean, and we do that all the time, except at night since he sleeps for 8-9 hrs straight through. I don't want to wake him up to clean his diaper because it can be difficult to put him back to sleep.
S.D. answers from Los Angeles on December 12, 2007
Are you breast or bottle feeding? Have you checked to see if he has it in his mouth too? (Is there white cottage-cheesy looking stuff on his gums, cheeks, and roof of mouth that you can't whipe off with your finger?) If so, he may need Nistatin oral medication. Have you or the baby taken any antibiotics recently?
J.M. answers from Los Angeles on December 12, 2007
My son had this issue when he was little and I had to switch brands of diapers. I was using Huggies or Luvs and had to go to Pampers. After I changed brands he never had another breakout again.
K.Q. answers from Los Angeles on December 12, 2007
My daughter gets a rash on and off that wouldn't get better with diaper rash ointment. THe pediatrician said it was the same as a yeast infection that got under her skin, making it so difficult to treat with regular ointments. She prescribed Nystatin which has worked wonders. Or, you can use your regular Lotrimin and use baby powder over it to keep it on the skin even if he gets wet.... It won't prevent it, but if you use it at first sign, it won't get as bad.
D.L. answers from Los Angeles on December 16, 2007
Is he in the care of anyone other than you or your husband?
S.W. answers from Los Angeles on February 10, 2008
J.R. answers from San Diego on December 11, 2007
Do you feed him the baby yogurt? Check with your doctor to see if you can give him some. Lots of open-air, diaper-free time, and keep layering on the Lotrimin. I think there are other treatments you can use also so just check with your doctor. I didn't really even realize that boys could get yeast infections because I was thinking like a girl but they can be hard to get rid of. Also use wipes or cloths with no alcohol. I found some at a health food store. Good luck!
M.C. answers from Los Angeles on December 12, 2007
My 3 1/2 year old daughter had this really badly when she was about the same age. She was really chubby and she had a horrible yeast infection under her neck and on her chest. It took us a really long time to get it under control.
Here's what I recommend:
Go to your pedi and ask for a prescription for Nystatin (it's a steroid cream). That works better than anything else. Those over the counter medications only do so much, especially since his is recurring.
Use the cream as prescribed even if it looks like it's gone, because it only take a day for it to flare up again.
If you are nursing, you can use the nystatin on your breasts too. I got the yeast infection from my daughter and we kept giving it back to each other. That was the hardest part in getting rid of it, was that we kept passing it back and forth, but I didn't want to stop nursing.
I thought that it was a really bad diaper rash for a long time and I had no idea so it was already pretty progressed by the time we got to it.
In your case, you probably will have an easier time. Just know that it may take a while for it to be completely gone because the yeast can grow so quickly esp. in their diaper area.
mom of 3
W.G. answers from Los Angeles on December 12, 2007
Good morning! Are you breast feeding? I have heard that if you are breastfeeding and might have a yeast infection yourself, it can be passed down to the baby.
Don't know how true this is, but it's something you might want to ask your Gyno. Maybe that would be his cure?