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Yeast Infection in Kids


Yeast infections in kids – causes and helpful hints

A yeast infection in children is not uncommon. It is caused by a type of fungus called candida albicans.

Yeast infections usually start in moist, warm parts of the body, like the vagina, underarms or mouth. Everyone has candida in their bodies. As long as the yeast is at a healthy balance it is not a problem but taking antibiotics, being over stressed or a having a weakened immune system can change this balance, causing the candida fungus to multiply.

Certain medicines can also affect the yeast in little bodies. Many medicines destroy the good bacteria which normally keeps the growth of candida in check.

Yeast will also grow if children have high blood sugar. Children with diabetes that have yet to be detected or left uncontrolled are more likely to suffer yeast infections.

Girls are more prone to yeast infections right before they start their periods. The hormonal changes that come with the menstrual cycle can cause an increase in yeast. Clothing that is too tight or underwear made of materials like nylon will trap moisture and can cause yeast to thrive.

Boys can get a yeast infection on the head of the penis. The same candida that causes vaginal infections in girls can effect boys. A boy with a yeast infection may not show symptoms or the tip of his penis may become itchy, sore and red. Some boys might have pain from urination or a small discharge as well.

Boys who have not been circumcised need to take care to clean properly around the foreskin. The warm, moist folds of the foreskin are the perfect environment for yeast to multiply.

What are some of the symptoms?

Common symptoms and signs of candida albicans can include:

  • Pain or burning when urinating.
  • Irritation around and in the vagina.
  • Redness, itching or swelling behind the knees or under the arms.
  • A thick, white discharge that can look like cottage cheese and is usually odorless, although it might smell like bread or yeast from the vagina.
  • White bumps in the mouth.
  • Red, itching tip at the head of the penis.
  • Body odor or bad breath

How do I prevent yeast infections in my kids?

For girls, there's no way to totally prevent yeast infections. Wear breathable cotton underwear and avoid tight clothing.

If your child has diabetes, keeping blood sugar levels stable is a way to avoid an overabundance of yeast.

If your child is on an antibiotic feed them yogurt or any product with Lactobacillus acidophilus to help restore the good bacteria and keep those candida albicans in check.

Yeast infections are annoying, especially if they happen on a regular basis. To help your kids avoid them try using a product to help promote a healthy immune system keep yeast at a healthy balance. Your kids will thank you.

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