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How to Determine if Your Baby Has a Diaper Rash or Yeast Skin Condition
Did you just discover a rash in your baby's genital region when you changed their diaper? When you try to describe the rash to your baby's pediatrician or doctor, you'll need to know how to describe it to better help the doctor take more accurate notes, or to maintain accuracy in what the doctor can diagnose the rash as over the phone? Although you may still need to call the doctor with the information presented in this article, this can better help assist you so you don't overpressure yourself and overthink the rash as being worse than it is.
Let the rash linger for a day or two.Most diaper rashes will go away without treatment, however, don't let it linger on for too long.
Open the baby's diaper and look at their genital region.Look for a color inconsistency or rash. if the rash is patchy red, it is a diaper rash. If the rash is red, raised and is located in a patchy area with sharp jagged borders, and also contains spots in the diaper area, this rash is not a generic diaper rash, but is a yeast infection.
Look for how much of a rash the child has.If the rash is rash covers the entire genital area, it almost certainly is a diaper rash as well.
Determine if the rash is a result of the use of any antibiotics the child is taking (or has previously taken within the last two weeks).If the rash is the result of antibiotics and is located around the genitals or a larger area (such as located around the baby's buttocks) this rash is the result of a yeast infection/rash.
Smell the genital area.If you notice a smell, this is indeed a yeast infection. Only yeast infections have a foul smell that can linger on if not treated in time.
Look for a discharge from a girl's body.This is a classic sign of a yeast infection.
Look for a whitish rash around the boy's penis, along with a scaly, bright red rash on their scrotum.These are signs of a yeast infection too.
- Several other major rashes look like diaper rash, but may force you to seek other medical advice (from your doctor or pediatrician.)
- There are treatments for both a diaper rash and a yeast infection. There are several pastes that you can apply to the baby's bottle for yeast infections, along with other treatments for clearing diaper rash.
- If a rash of this sort goes untreated, it may result in an extended hospital stay. Please be aware that these rashes are treated effectively, so don't rub the rash off as a rash that will "go away soon". In fact, if the rash is still there many days later, the rash may worsen with time.
- While the area is drying, temporarily switch your baby's diaper type into disposable diapers. Disposable diapers wick the moisture away better from your baby's skin.
- Look for signs of yeast infections, if you have been breastfeeding your child.
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