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i believe my 4 week old infant has a yeast infection in his little neck rolls. do we need to make an appointment to come in for some medication?

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Dr. Lorne Bigley
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Probably: The key to a good treatment is proper diagnosis. The redness in the neck folds could very well be yeast, but it could just be skin irritation too, or a rash relating to something else. Before bringing your little one in, do what you can to keep the area dry, and if it doesn't get better in a day or two, make an appointment to see your doctor.
Dr. Nasiruddin Mansury
Neonatology 17 years experience
Yeast infection: It happens due to humidity. Try to keep the area dry, you can use some of the powder to help you keep the area dry. If there is already a fungal infection, you will need a prescription for nystatin.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: It is more common for u to see prickly heat there.Until babies neck grows longer & the skin on skin quits trapping sweat, the moisture often produces tiny red dots or raw skin. Lifting the folds, bathing the area & blowing dry with a lo heat hair dryer can help. If the red bumps are rough to touch, it could be yeast & some antifungal cream might be needed. Call the office during regular hours for rx.

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