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How to treat a yeast infection

My 8 month old son has a yeast infection. I am about 99.999% sure of that. Aside from yogurt, what are other natural ways to treat this. I am unable to breastfeed so I do not have milk otherwise I would just be using that. He's airing out as much as possible, but with wall to wall carpets and a crawling boy it is difficult. Any suggestions?

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Asked by Lilbeamercomin at 9:24 PM on Apr. 10, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • i dont have any natural ones. my doctor just prescribed clotrimazole for my daughter. Its a cream you put on once in the morning and once at night until its gone. you can use diaper cream with it and everything.

    this may make me sound like an idiot, but i didnt realize boys could get yeast

    Answer by aly38914290 at 9:35 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • Give him a bath with a little baking soda and vinegar....Is it on his bottom? When he gets out, blow dry his back side gently. You want it as dry as possible. let him get as much air as possible so let him crawl around on a blanket naked. Then use something like Bourdeaux Buttpaste to seal it before you put on his diaper...its easy to get off when you change diapers again.

    Is it thrush in his mouth?
    Use a rag to clean off his tongue after each feeding. Then when I breastfed my first I used gentian violet. Im sure you could use it bottle feeding.

    Answer by Momforhealth at 9:37 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • Oh sorry, I should clarify. No it's not on his bottom. It's in his crotch mostly - where his thighs meet his pubic mound and also along his penis and it even looks like there's a dot under his foreskin.

    Answer by Lilbeamercomin at 9:44 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • As the first poster suggested, clotrimazole should clear it up. But you don't need a prescription- it's pretty much just yeast infection medication, such as vagisil, which you can buy over the counter. My daughter had a yeast infection and using generic cream from the grocery store cleared it right up. There's no reason you can't use it for boys too!

    Good Luck!

    Answer by kynziesmom at 10:02 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • I'm looking for natural remedies. He already has sensitive enough skin so I really don't want to risk irritating it anymore. Thanks anyway though.

    Answer by Lilbeamercomin at 10:11 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • Tea Tree Oil?

    Answer by kynziesmom at 10:31 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • OMG now I feel stupid. I knew Tea tree oil. Ugh, thank you kynzie!

    Answer by Lilbeamercomin at 11:14 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • Tea tree oil is AWESOME. Do dilute it in another oil (I use coconut or grapeseed, but whatever you have on hand will work) so that it doesn't irritate his skin.

    Answer by jeremysmom04 at 12:19 AM on Apr. 11, 2009

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