What You Need to Know to Keep From Hurting Your Kids When You’re Actually Trying to Help Them….
You might know the scenario: Your child has come home sniffling, coughing and sneezing from school or you may have an infant that has presented with the same types of symptoms. You check his or her temperature and find that it’s above normal. Off to the doctor you go and before you know it, you’re pouring liquid antibiotic onto a spoon or into a dropper to treat the child’s condition.
A few days later, low and behold, white patches have appeared in your child’s mouth, causing discomfort and possibly pain. This is likely thrush, which is considered to be a yeast infection of the esophagus – throat and mouth. Symptoms resemble white, curd-like patches and can be found on the insides of the mouth, tongue and back of the throat.
You may also discover a nasty diaper rash causing your baby even more misery. Depending on the scope of the infection, soreness, redness and discharge can occur in the child’s genital and rectal area along with involvement in the mouth.
So, before you begin offering something “comforting”, like soothing ice cream, sweets or chilled fruit juice to your little one (which will only make the condition far worse), you’d best become fully informed about the likely culprit causing the ongoing torment: candida albicans.
Our bodies are home to a myriad of good and bad bacteria along with something called Candida Albicans. Candida Albicans is one of the more than 200 varieties of Candida fungi living throughout our bodies. This particular species thrives in our mouth and gastrointestinal tract where it is moist and dark.
Sometimes candida overgrowth occurs after a child has received antibiotics for a bacterial infection (such as strep throat) because antibiotics can kill off the “good” bacteria that keep the candida from growing. Yeast can also flourish if a child’s blood sugar is high. Children who have diabetes that isn’t controlled are therefore at a higher risk for yeast infections.
What to do?
Yeast infection in kids’ remedies must be taken up very carefully. You must remember that the treatment of the children needs to be special because they are very delicate. They will not be in a position to take everything that adults can take.
After consulting with your pediatrician, you can do several things at home to make children’s yeast infections go away faster and to keep them from coming back.
- If the child is still in diapers, change those diapers frequently. Leave them off for a while if possible to let air to the area.
- Keep all toys and linens clean.
- Don’t let an infected child remain in close contact with uninfected children.
- Make sure the child has a healthy diet appropriate for his or her age, and enforce nap and bedtimes to make sure he or she is getting enough sleep.
Recurring yeast infections in a child, then you may want to consider these suggestions
- If yeast infections just keep on coming back for no reason you can find, you may want to switch laundry detergents, soaps and toilet paper over to milder versions.
- Eliminate dyes, perfumes and harsh chemicals from your child’s environment as much as possible.
- Eliminate sugar and yeast products from the diet. Unsweetened yogurt may be in order if the child is old enough.
- You’ll want to make sure that your child doesn’t have any underlying health problems that could be contributing to the problem.
Yeast infections are a relatively common childhood affliction and usually not a cause for worry. With preparation and a bit of work, they shouldn’t cause any lasting problems, nor should they become a constantly recurring problem. As the underlying conditions that contribute to yeast infections are changed, the infections themselves should become nothing more than a childhood memory.