Children are born sterile and there are no bacteria or yeast on their bodies, irrespective of whether it is a normal vaginal delivery or through a Caesarean section. Breast milk contains properties that prevent and combat minor ailments. However, it is also true that with the passage of time even babies are likely to develop some sort of yeast infection in the skin or intestines. The mother may pass on certain infections through her milk. Even environmental factors can contribute to the development of yeast infections.
Infants are prone to develop infections or diaper rashes that may actually be a form of yeast infection or Candida. Yeast infections also have grounds to develop in toddlers since bedwetting is a common phenomenon with toddlers who are undergoing toilet training or many times. Girls run a greater risk of developing yeast infections as they normally take more time to dry due to easier access to the vaginal canal.
Candida in children, in its initial stages, presents itself as superficial infections on skin, in the mouth, rectum and vagina. It is imperative that such minor cases be attended to in time as it can aggravate and become systemic.
Children who develop symptoms of Candida should be treated with care. Allopathic drugs have side effects. For example, Nystatin, which is the mainstay of conventional Candida treatments, is not advisable for neonatal thrush (Candidiasis of the oral cavity). Prevention is better than cure and more so for infants and young children. Baby hygiene plays a critical role in reducing risk of Candida and avoiding the need for a yeast infection treatment .
Yeast tends to accumulate in damp and moist environment. Take care to wash baby underclothes with a good detergent and dry them completely, preferably in the sun. Place a water proof sheet under the bed sheet to prevent urine seeping into the mattress. If bedwetting accidents happen, make sure that every time the bedding is washed and dried properly.
Ensure that the baby is fully dry before putting clothes on. Teach older children the importance of drying before dressing up.
The consumption of sugary foods like candy and cookies should be controlled. Keep a check on the amount of your child’s sugar intake.
Also teach your child the benefits of eating vegetables and natural foods. The acidophilus that goes in to make yoghurt is a friendly bacterium that helps in fighting the growth of Candida yeast and a very effective Candida cure. Probiotics found in vegetables help to keep the balance of intestinal flora intact. They also strengthen the immune system. Garlic is a natural anti-fungal and antibacterial herb and should be used liberally in cooking. In the event of Candida infection in children, homeopathic remedies are a better option, which are safer, natural and devoid of any side effects.