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Baby has diaper rash turned yeast infection. No Dr for 3 DAYS! Any OTC or "tricks" to try? She is so uncomfortable!

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Hopefully, you have started the anti-yeast creams (Monistat, Lotrimin, Micatin, etc., or a store-brand generic) by now. This will manage the yeast in a few days, but you will still have inflammation. A "trick" that I use for my little patients is to mix the yeast medication with an equal amount of hydrocortisone cream to help the redness and inflammation. Put in on the diaper area at least 3-4 times per day. Once this medication is rubbed in, put a barrier cream or ointment over the top -- something like plain 'ol vaseline.
Air-out the diaper area as much as you can. After a bowel movement, you may need to put the in the bathtub or shower to make sure you get off all of the stool residual (this can burn the skin.
Bad diaper rashes can also predispose the child to a secondary bacterial infection, so if the skin is breaking down or bleeding, you will need to contact her medical provider to see if an oral antibiotic would be appropriate.

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Aw, I'm sorry your baby is going through this. Uncomfortable is right!

I'm not sure why you believe this diaper rash has turned to a yeast infection, but I bow to your wisdom as the parent. (smile)  I don't have a lot to offer, but I can tell you that regular old cornstarch (available at the grocery store near the flour) can help dry out the rash, and it's safe even for baby girls (with all those delicate skin folds). In fact, since it doesn't contain perfume, it's a good choice for diaper rash in little girls.

If it's possible to dry out your baby's bottom by leaving the diaper off altogether for periods of time, that's helpful, too.

Whatever you do, please do not use any over-the-counter (OTC) yeast infection medications on your baby. She may be uncomfortable, but she'll survive until you get a diagnosis from a health care professional.

I hope this helps a little bit!

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