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Can You Still Go Swimming If Your Baby Has A Diaper Rash?

In our last post we discussed some of the facts regarding diaper rashes and swimming for infants and toddlers. However, you may still be wondering if it is safe to take your L.O swimming if they have an irritated diaper rash. Like we mentioned in our last blog, it is completely okay to go swimming as long as the area is protected by zinc containing diaper rash cream like Baby Butz. However, you may want to use your discretion when deciding if the rash is too severe to go.

When considering this, it is also important to know the difference between a diaper rash and a yeast infection. Swimming with a yeast infection is not recommended because the moisture could actually make the infection worse. . Typically, a prescription ointment is required to heal a yeast infection. As soon as you noticed that your child has one you should make an appointment with your paediatrician.

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Things To Know About Yeast Infections and Swimming

Although, it is completely safe to take a child in the water with a diaper rash, swimming with a yeast infection is a bad idea for two main reasons. The fungus that causes yeast infections thrives in wet and moist environments. This is why sitting in a wet diaper and bathing suit is not advisable if your child has one. The other reason is because chlorine and chemicals may irritate the infected area further making it uncomfortable for your child afterwards.

A common misconception about swimming and yeast infections is that you should not swim with one because it could be spread to others. This is absolutely not true or likely. Your child cannot spread his/or her yeast infection to other infants in the pool!

When it comes to swimming it is important that parents know the difference between a diaper rash and a yeast infection. When your child has a diaper rash it is still okay to play in the water. However, with yeast an infection you want to be more cautious.

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