How to Treat Newborn with Yeast Diaper Rash?

Updated on January 27, 2012
M.E. asks from Birmingham, AL
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My 3 week old has a persistent yeast diaper rash. We treated it with Lotrimin for 5 days, which helped some but the rash is still bright red in the very middle of her bottom, where her little cheeks touch each other. Pediatrician called in Nystatin and we started using that last night. This morning it is still about the same. Does anyone have experience with how to treat this? How long should it take for the Nystatin to clear it up? Any other suggestions?

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answers from Detroit on

The Nystatin will work slowly but I also would thoroughly dry the bottom and then dust the bum with cornstarch before putting on the Nystatin. You might also switch diaper creams to something like Triple Paste or Desitin Creamy.

My daughter had this and it kept coming back until I started using the cornstarch and switched creams.

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answers from St. Louis on

I swear by pinxav. This stuff does wonders after a few hours. I would def try this. I give it to all my friends and no one has been dissappointed yet.

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answers from Dallas on

lotrimin + cortisone cream is what I used, but use the nystatin for a few days to see if that works first.



answers from Johnson City on

I had to use nystatin give it a few days especiall with it being that long since it showed up, and use a&d anytime it looks like she looks like she may be getting red or for a period of time, had to do that with my lil girl



answers from Casper on

I would always use the stuff that the doctor told me to use, plus I would make sure I was changing when the diaper was wet. Something else that I have learned to is that while you are changing the diaper, get your hair dryer out and dry it out completely. If you have one that has a cool setting use that so the bottom doesn't get too hot. The yeast LOVES moist areas and using the dryer gets it so dry that it doesn't like it. If you do that with each change and put the meds on it....gone in a couple of days.
J.--SAHM of 7



answers from Honolulu on

You need to use a yeast cream that has "Clotrimazole" in it.
That is what our Pediatrician said, as well as the Pharmacist at our store.

BUT yes, the Nystatin is a prescription.

BUT you also have to treat your nipples. If you are breastfeeding.
Because otherwise, you and baby will keep getting yeast infections. Which can affect the nipples, genital areas or Mouth (ie: Thrush).
You all need to be treated at the same, time.
Ask the Pediatrician.
Is the yeast infection only in the diaper area?



answers from Dayton on

I don't think Nystatin has ever cleared up a yeast diaper rash for us. You can try Gentian Violet. It's a natural product but it does stain everything purple. You can buy it on Amazon if you can't find it at a pharmacy around you. It will work in one dose - no kidding. Awesome stuff!


answers from La Crosse on

Give the nystatin a few days to work also use corn starch on her bottom. I will always swear by it, it worked for all of my kids.

Also use some on your nipples if your breast feeding or sterilize her bottle nipples and bottles to make sure its not coming from those sources.



answers from Oklahoma City on

As others have said, if you're breastfeeding, you must be treated, too. Although a lot of doctors don't know much. May have to get a lactation consultant involved. And you must pump and pour for a while, otherwise the yeast in your milk will continue to reinfect your baby. It's a very vicious cycle. If you're not breastfeeding, be sure and address the bottle nipples. I went through this with mine, and it was over and over until I got Diflucan for me, and it cleared us both up. Good luck!



answers from Provo on

In addition to other answers...warmth and moisture can make it make sure you change her very frequently and if you can...let her lay out on some towels or puddle pads in her birthday suit (if she's ok with of my kids loved it at that age...others hated it...just make sure she's warm).



answers from Houston on

To help soothe her little bottom, put some baking soda in her bathwater (if you put her in bathwater right now...).

Ditto to making sure it's completely dry after changes. And nystatin typically works after a few days, but not always. If it's not showing improvement soon, call the doc and ask for a different prescription.

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