Under normal circumstances yeast infection affects women and men, but at times it may affect infants and toddlers as well. Yeast infection is caused by a species of fungus called candida. Normally small quantity of yeast is found in different parts of the body, but in certain conditions there may be flare-ups of this fungus leading to yeast infection.
Kids under antibiotic treatment have more chance to develop yeast infection, as antibiotics also kill the beneficial bacteria within the kid’s body, which helps to keep the fungus under control. Excess yeast may develop at the bottom of the toddlers and cause itching and pain and also on the tongue and leads to oral thrush. Those who have thrush are more prone to develop yeast infection in their genitals.
Yeast infection is often confused with diaper rash, but diaper rash develops suddenly and subsides on its own after a couple of days. Yeast infection develops gradually and cause more discomfort and the toddlers may develop white spots on their bottom.
How to Treat the Yeast Infection
Yeast infection in toddlers can be treated with anti-fungal topical creams available over the counter. This cream can be applied on affected toddlers of both the genders but it should not be taken internally. If there is no visible changes in the appearance of the rashes, then better take your toddler to the doctor.
Add a cup of apple cider vinegar along with warm water to your toddler’s bath tub. Bathing the toddler in water containing vinegar is safe and is a natural way to treat yeast infection. This is because vinegar helps to kill the fungus, bacteria and mold associated with the yeast infection.
Yogurt is a natural remedy for treating yeast infection as the active cultures in yogurt helps to develop the beneficial microorganisms in the body, which then keeps the fungus under control.
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Hence, feed your kid with enough plain yogurts that has active cultures.
During yeast infection, take care of your kid’s diet and avoid foods that contain too much of sugar. Also avoid foods that contain yeast, as such things tend to encourage the yeast infection. Peanuts and peanut butter are also not good for toddlers who have yeast infection as these products may have mold. Provide a diet that is rich with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to the kids. This helps to boost the immune system of the kid, which is vital to stop the reoccurrence of yeast infection.
Keep your toddler’s diaper area dry, as moist and warm areas enhance the growth of yeast infection. If you continue using the soiled diaper on your toddler for a long time, it increases the risk of developing yeast infection. Hence change the diaper in every one or two hours and apply powder on the area to keep the diaper area dry. It will be good if you allow your kid to move around for some time without the diaper, as it helps to soothe the area. When you knot the diaper around your toddler’s waist make sure that there is enough air circulation that can avoid the moisture development in the area.
If your toddler still has yeast infection even after trying all these treatment methods, take your toddler to the pediatrician for further checkups.