Diapering_: Natural Remedy for Yeast

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, February 04, 2008 | 0 comments
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Thanks to Lauren for this Frugal Baby Tip!

We struggled with thrush for Katie's first three months of life. I was resolved to use all-natural remedies rather than put an over-the-counter or prescription cream on my tiny baby's vulnerable skin, or in her mouth!

Plus the antifungals in those creams may simply breed resistant yeast rather than bringing the body back into balance. Just my .02.

But for those who are interested, we used:

scrupulous hygiene when nursing or changing dipes to avoid spreading yeast

acidophilus culture, liquid, applied on the skin & rubbed around the inside of the mouth & on nipples

Pau d'arco herb, taken internally by me in teas and capsules (this is what finally got rid of it)

mild vinegar rinse after diaper changes (*very* dilute!)

Once the yeast took up residence in *me* (after we got rid of them on Katie!!) I used several remedies in Rosemary Gladstar's "Herbal Healing for Women" book with success. Now they have been gone for 6 months.

Hope this helps someone! Not that using Lotrimin is necessarily bad (& milder than the prescrip stuff for sure), I just wanted to present the methods we used with success. My family doc encouraged me *not* to use the prescrip stuff as with a newborn babe as it is harsh, and (according to doc) yeast overgrowth is not a serious problem, more of a nuisance (but a big nuisance!!)

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