Occasionally, yeast will cause or worsen diaper rash. It is referred to as a fungal infection or yeast infection, monilia, candidiasis or cutaneous thrush. The yeast, Candida Albicans, grows rapidly on the lining of the mouth as well as in the diaper area. In the diaper area, the rash tends to occur most often around the genitals with extension onto the mons pubis (the skin above the genitals) and in the skin folds. The rash appears pink to red with an irregular but sharply defined border. Frequently, small blisters or pimples along the border area, called satellite lesions, are present. Often peeling of the skin at the edges of the rash occurs.

Treatment requires careful attention to hygiene in the diaper area (frequent changes, avoiding baby wipes, cleansing with water and occasionally mild soap). Lotrimin, Micatin or Monistat cream may be purchased without a prescription and applied 3 to 4 times per day until the rash clears.

Oral thrush usually requires a prescription medication. However, it can usually be controlled by carefully wiping the white plaques from the gums, cheeks and lips with a gauze pad. If you believe your newborn has oral thrush that requires a prescription medication please call the office to schedule an appointment.

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