When we want to discuss yeast infection in children, you first must know that they usually appear in one of two ways; the vaginal or rectal areas. In the vagina it’s known as vaginitis, and the rectal area it’s diaper rash, hemorrhoids or pruritis ani. To treat them if the child is on solids changing their diet to high fiber works and use natural remedies such as bifidus and lactobacillus acidophilus. Green foods are great for boosting the immune system and creams that have zinc oxide, aloe Vera and Calendula work well.
Yeast infections in infants usually happens because of a high sugar intake. Even if you think you are monitoring this commercial infant formulas and the supposedly ‘unsweetened’ fruit juices do in fact have a lot of sugar in them. Even freshly squeezed juice with a juicer has a lot of sugar; apple or orange juice in a regular glass can have five or more teaspoons!
Other foods to watch are various milks such as cow’s, soy, rice and goat’s. Sugar feeds the fungus; so if the child is eating too much it can encourage the existing fungi to grow. Let them drink water and then limit how often the child drinks these beverages. For babies that are still on milk, breast feeding is always encouraged, otherwise check labels and use formula that has no yeast or sugar.
If the child has a vaginal infection check that their underwear is nice and loose and that air is getting to the infection. The fungi are hard to wash out of underwear even with a machine and detergent. You can put the wet underwear in a microwave on high for five minutes which will zap any spores. Another way is to put the clothing out in direct sunlight for a good hour.
To help soothe the symptoms try giving sitz baths with Epsom salts or magnesium sulfate. This will help with the swelling and itching. If you are looking for an oral form to give your child try these in herbal juices; ginger, echinacea, calendula, goldenseal, and aloe Vera. Powdered forms that can be taken are buffered vitamin C and lactobacillus. Other homeopathic remedies are Cantheris and sulfur which can be taken 2 or 3 times a day.
If your child seems to suffer from a yeast infection repeatedly, despite following the above advice, there may be an underlying problem of diabetes or with their immune system. It would be wise to seek out the diagnosis of your child’s doctor.
In conclusion, when you want to discuss about a yeast infection, children cases should not be left out of the discussion; they are pretty frequent and should be treated seriously.