In which I do NOT give medical advice on the internet
Nope. No advice here. This is just a story about us. And I tell it because when I googled some words, I did not find any stories like ours. So gather round, parents, and hearken to the tale that I tell…
Two weeks ago my 20-month-old developed an ear infection. No big deal. Ear infections happen. We saw a doc. We got some antibiotics. After just a few doses the pain stopped. We kept taking the antibiotics because that’s just how we roll.
At the end of our course of amoxicillin, Miss Monkey developed a raging diaper rash. Ouch! Poor miss monkey.
Here’s a link to what a yeast diaper rash looks like. Not fun. Something churned in the back of my brain, “hey, antibiotics can kill off natural flora and trigger yeast rashes, can’t they?” And the answer to that is yes. yes indeed they can. It was pretty bad, and causing her a lot of pain. After a night where she just couldn’t get comfortable enough to sleep, we planned to get some topical anti-fungal cream to help her fight it.
By morning, she had spots on her belly. “Hey” went that same part of my brain, “didn’t those yeast diaper rash websites mention satellite lesions that can appear away from the primary site? That’s probably what those are.” Off she went to Day Care. By end of day, she had spots ALL FREAKING OVER. All over. Belly, arms, legs, FACE. “OH MY GOD! SHE HAS A DIAPER RASH ON HER FACE!!”. Granted, she’s really short. Her face and diaper region are not that far apart. But. Dude! HER FACE! Where did I put that anti-fungal cream! We gotta get this thing under control!!
So, a night-time application of the cream. And the next morning. And the next night. And the main diaper rash is getting better. But the satellite spots are still there, on legs, her arms, her belly, her FACE. So we call our provincial government’s “So sorry our single-payer insurance system makes it impossible for anyone to go into family practice and make enough money to pay off their student loans but instead of addressing the doctor shortage here’s a phone number where you can talk to a registered nurse” hotline. The RN heard me out, and mentioned something that I did NOT manage to find when using search terms such as: baby antibiotic diaper rash yeast.
Non Allergic Amoxicillin Rash. Non contagious. Non itchy. Non painful. Non contra-indicative of future use of amoxicillin. And not related to the diaper rash, except that they were both connected to the course of antibiotics.
So, of you got here through a search engine and are asking yourself “How am I such a terrible care-giver that this diaper rash has gotten so out-of-control as to have spread to my baby’s FACE?!?!” then maybe dial back the parental guilt a little bit.
Or don’t. Because I am not giving medical advice over the internet, here. I’m totally not qualified for that.
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