When you are pregnant you read all about the kinds of afflictions your baby may face. One of which is diaper rash. Diaper rash is widely known about and there are a variety of products on the market specifically to heal a sore bum.
One of my children has suffered from diaper rash (knock on wood).
Two of my children have suffered from neck rashes.
That’s right, neck rashes. You see, all those cute rolls around babies neck are a breeding ground for sweat, milk and bacteria to have a party.
No one ever told me about neck rash with Sawyer. Sure, I admit it, I was also so afraid of breaking him while washing that I wasn’t getting in every orifice to clean, but I wasn’t expecting that would happen! Then, one day I discovered a raw, red, smelly rash in his neck folds and realized it was something that needed attention. With cleaning and care it healed.
With the girls, I was now prepared to do battle with neck rash so I made sure to wash their necks thoroughly, and place a bit of cornstarch in there to absorb any moisture.
My Juney though, well, she has a lot of rolls and her love of nursing makes her terrible at taking a bottle and she spills it everywhere. She is also a very warm baby and things are heating up finally. Those things have led to a severe rash.
When I saw more than cornstarch was needed, I tried cream but that didn’t make it any better. Since it was not bothering her I decided to try something else before heading off to the doctor.
So, I Googled baby neck rash and read that it could be a yeast infection, or she might need antibiotics or antibiotic treatment. Hmm, I thought. Sounds like a job for my friend Polysporin. It helped, especially on the skin in the creases, but made the bumpy rash part worse.
Not wanting to take too many chances I decided to make one last attempt. Tea tree oil. It’s antibacterial and drying in nature. I have used it on my face for years to treat acne and even mosquito bites in a pinch.
So off to the doctor’s office we went. $45 later, and some cortisone cream she is finally on the mend. The doc said it was a fungal infection and if it’s not better by the time the script runs out I could use some yeast infection cream (I had thought of that but didn’t want to risk it without consulting a doctor first).
So, to all you parents out their, be aware of the dreaded neck rash and if it does rear its ugly head try yeast infection cream or head to your doctor.