Liza has battled a yeasty diaper rash since she was just a little baby. I remember very red diaper area creases her first few months and then just a general redness. That mixed with her dairy-induced eczema on her butt and upper thighs makes for a sad picture of a cute little baby butt.
About a month ago, she developed a raging diaper rash. I took her out of cloth and slathered her with diaper creams and she wore disposable diapers for a few days. Eventually, I took her to see our Nurse Practitioner who quickly proclaimed the rash as yeast. The rash quickly disappeared with prescription strength antifungal......and then, reappeared the next week. I used the cream for a few days and the rash quickly went away.....and then, reappeared just a few days later.
At that point, I knew we had a problem. The prescription cream was simply treating the symptom, not addressing the problem. And, the frequent use of the prescription cream seemed to make her skin break down easily because by the 2nd round of use, she had several little sores develop that stayed even after the rash was gone.
Actually, I probably should have realized we had a problem before that point but I'm doing the best I can do. I'm just glad I identified the problem when I did.
I knew Candida was the problem but I simply didn't know where to start or what to do. I knew her diapers needed something and I knew she needed something and I knew I was thankful for the yeast not transferring to her mouth and my breasts in the form of Thrush but I was getting no where on my own.
Thank goodness for good friends!
My friend, Mandi, swooped in and gave me very helpful advice, which I used to google more helpful advice and then I developed a plan:
1. I washed her cloth diaper with a healthy shake of Tea Tree Oil, known for its antifungal properties. Then because yeast hates sun, I left them on the clothesline for the duration of a very sunny and hot day.
2. I started both kids on probiotics. Even with the yeast, Liza's gut must have been nicely balanced because she had no issues at all starting the probiotics whereas it gave Henry's little tummy a run for it's money for the first few weeks.
3. For 3 days, Liza was completely off fruits and carbohydrates to decrease the sugar in her body that the yeast thrive on. Um, yeah. I quickly realized all this baby eats is fruit and carbs. Lets just say she ate lots of green peas and nursed nonstop during those few days.
4. I ditched the prescription strength anti-fungal and popped several liquid capsules of Oil of Oregano, and mixed it with coconut oil to create a natural and effective antifungal diaper cream.
5. Remember the sores I mentioned? Those little spots now get a healthy smearing of Lansinoh Lanolin before I apply the Oil of Oregano coconut oil to her entire bottom. Thanks, Karen, for that suggestion! And, everything I use is cloth diaper safe which makes it even better!
Her cute little tush is completely free of red creases and red streaks. It's nice thing to see and even nicer knowing that I took an all-natural approach to healing her
And, I have to say that learning about these natural approaches is addictive.....and I've been in need of a new hobby.