Though female yeast infections are the most common, toddlers are also at risk of getting it, but less people are aware of this. Any yeast infection is caused by the over growth of candida, a fungus that lives normally on us. Certain triggers can cause it to overgrow and this leads to a yeast infection particularly in areas that are moist and warm such as the mouth, vagina, digestive system and folds of skin.
In toddlers yeast infection can often be mistaken for a diaper rash at first. But if the rash does not heal up after a couple of days of you using a diaper rash cream on it, then could be a yeast infection. This area is a perfect environment for the yeast to spread and a child’s chances of infection are raised if they are on antibiotics or if they are breast feeding from an infected mother. Antibiotics are a causing factor because they kill the good bacteria (Lactobacillus Acidophilus) in the body that usually control the growth of the fungus.
Toddlers with yeast infection can get it first of all in the mouth but it can then spread to other regions such as the genital area. This is more likely to happen if you do not get a proper diagnosis and treatment for the infection when your first notice it.
Talk to your child’s doctor about what to do if your child is on a course of antibiotics and they will advice you on how to minimize the chance of re-occurrence. Keep the area clean and dry as much as you can, change the diaper often. Also let the air get to the area by letting it breathe after taking an old diaper off. Make sure you are not putting on the new diaper too tightly as this will restrict any circulation of air down there and make the infection worse.
It is important you act swiftly with a toddler yeast infection as the symptoms can be annoying and cause a lot of discomfort.