How could my 9 month old girl prevent fungi infection around her vaginal area?
Vaginal yeast infections in babies can cause pain, itching, redness, pain during urination, and sometimes whitish patches on the skin of the vaginal area. This infection is caused when too much bacteria builds up in a moist area of the body such as the genital area. Babies can also get yeast infections from certain foods and their stools. In most cases, yeast infections can be prevented by keeping the vaginal area clean and dry. Yeast /Fungi thrives in a wet environment, which means that babies who are in diapers should be changed often. Also, allow your child's bottom area to air dry thoroughly before putting on a fresh diaper as that can allow moisture to fester. It may also help to secure the diaper loosely to allow fresh air to move freely through it. And have her avoid clothing that's too tight or made of materials like nylon that can trap heat and moisture. Make sure that you dry the child thoroughly after bathing. You should pay special attention to these tips if your child is on antibiotics or if you (or the child's mother) are nursing and currently on antibiotics. This is due to the fact that the antibiotics also destroy the "good" bacteria that helps prevent yeast infections.
My girl has some red rashes around her vaginal area and I was told by the PD it is heat rash. To address this issue, we sometimes let her go "Diaperless" so that the area is not always moist and warm. I think fungi infection is caused by humidity and sometimes could also be even the wrong type of diaper. Try changing to other brands of diaper, keep the area clean and dry and use cool water to wash the area. Hot / warm water aggravates fungi so avoid doing so.
Fungal skin infections are common in infants less than one, especially over warm and moist areas like within the diaper regions. I would ensure that the anti fungal cream be used for minimum a week to completely eradicate the fungus, or else it may recur. Sometimes, the treatment needs to be extended to 2 weeks. Invariably, the fungus would resolve, unless resistant. Skin irritation/dermatitis can sometimes look like fungus, thus if persistent, check with your doctors again. The advice is kept general and not a substitute for a consultation. Kindly consult your doctor or pediatrician as a detailed history and examination is important to come to a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Do keep the area clean n dry at all times and change diaper often.