If your toddler has a nappy rash that just won’t go away despite your best efforts, it could be caused by a yeast infection.
Everyone carries harmless yeast (or Candid albicans) in their bodies. Yeast will thrive in a warm, moist environment such as a nappy. When your child gets a nappy rash, it can easily turn into a yeast infection.
Additionally, if your child is taking antibiotics they are at a higher risk of developing a yeast infection. Same goes for mums who are breast feeding and taking antibiotics. Their baby is also at a higher risk.
You will know a yeast infection rash when you see it. As opposed to a normal nappy rash, a yeast infection will be well defined and dark red. The borders of the rash will be raised slightly and there will be separate patches of rash.
When you first see the signs of a yeast infection, purchase an antifungal rash cream such as such as nystatin, clotrimazole, or miconazole. Yeast infection will not respond to typical rash ointments. Use the cream for three days and if there are no signs of improvement, call the doctor.
You should also take your child to the doctor if they have fever along with a yeast infection or if the rash has open sores or yellow patches that ooze.