Yeast Infection In Children
Yeast infection in children is a rather common occurrence. They are usually located in the vaginal or rectal area of the child and can manifest in several ways. They could experience rectal itches, infections, severe diaper rash and rashes in the genital area.
There are also several symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, gas and infection in the ears, throat and nose. Many children also react through experiencing food allergies, asthma and eczema.
New born babies can also acquire a yeast infection from the mother if she is already infected with the condition.
As doctors prescribe more and more antibiotics to treat infections, the higher the chances for a yeast infection rises. Statistics show that this is the number one cause of a yeast infection in children.
Antibiotics kill both the good bacteria and the bad bacteria that are present in the body. The good bacteria are what help ward off infections. If your child has recently taken a round of antibiotics and you suspect a yeast infection, chances are that they have one.
Symptoms Of Yeast Infection In Children
Rash – This is a fairly common symptom in young boys and girls who have a yeast infection. The rash will be red, itchy, and produce a burning sensation. In girls, the rash may be present on the vaginal area and on the buttocks. In boys, the rash will be on the penis and the buttocks.
Discharge – A cloudy, white discharge may be present in girls. It will be thick and cause major discomfort.
Oral thrush – This is normally found in babies and toddlers who have taken antibiotics. It is a yeast infection in the mouth or throat that is characterized by a white film that covers the tongue. It may also be present on the lips, cheeks and in the back of the throat.
Treatment and Prevention
Once you have determined that your child does have a yeast infection in some area of the body, it is important to treat the infection as soon as possible. Antifungal creams such as Mycostatin and Nystatin can be used to treat the infections as can over the counter medications like Monistat and Diflucan.
If your child has a rash on their buttocks, opt for looser fitting clothes as it is important to allow the rash to ‘breath’.
Improve your child’s diet
Change your child’s diet to include pro-biotic, low sugar & high fiber foods. Eating yogurt with live cultures can be very helpful. Yogurt is often considered a natural remedy for treating yeast infections. In fact, any time your child is placed on antibiotics you should increase his intake of yogurt to prevent yeast infections that are caused by the antibiotics destroying the healthy bacteria found in the body.
Reduce their intake of sugar by replacing artificial drinks and candies with water and fresh fruit.
You can also help strengthen your child’s immune system with a diet high in Vitamin C. Increasing the intake of garlic can also be beneficial as this is also a natural remedy for treating and preventing yeast infections. If your child has thrush mouth, Gentian Violet is available over the counter and can help treat the infection.
There are also other natural remedies that are available for treating the disease such as spirulina, chlorella, baby greens and other remedies that can help boost the immune system of the child.
Studies show that children respond really well to homeopathic remedies for yeast infection, particularly cantharis and sulfur.
There are also topical creams that can be used. Zinc oxide, aloe vera and calendula are products that are often recommended by pediatricians to treat yeast infection in children.
If ‘at home’ remedies and over the counter medications do not work, visit your child’s doctor for proper treatment.
If your child is suffering from a yeast infection, do not be dismayed. Many of the treatments listed above can have them well in no time. However, once the child has recovered from the infection it is important to make sure that they are continuously monitored because they are still vulnerable and the disease may still recur.