How to Deal With Different Types Of Yeast Infection In Toddlers

You may have noticed that sometimes your toddler seems to be really itchy and uncomfortable in a diaper. This is usually an indication that the diaper needs to be changed. However, it is also possible that your child is itchy and scratchy because he's developed a rash. But this is a slightly different rash. This one is called a yeast infection.

Typically, yeast infection is caused when the fungi present in the body, because of continued exposure to wet and warm conditions turns into yeast. Hence, the...

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...diaper area is the most common place for a yeast infection to occur. Yeast infection is neither fatal nor contagious, but it is very uncomfortable and at time painful, so the sooner your toddler is relieved of it the better.

Types of yeast infection

There are two types of yeast infection. The first is referred to as Candida yeast infection, which as mentioned above, is typically around the genital area and is caused by continued exposure to wet and warm conditions. One method of differentiating this infection from a regular diaper rash is that this infection also has an unpleasant odor.

The second type of yeast infection is called thrush. This is an oral infection wherein the yeast infection causes thick, whitish patches over swollen and red skin inside the mouth.

Symptoms of yeast infection in toddlers

  • Candida yeast infection is very much like a diaper rash, but if you spot the rash and you find that the rash is not responding to regular treatment, it is definitely a yeast infection.
  • You spot a rash in your child's skin that is slightly swollen and extremely red with a transparent whitish border. This is a typical yeast infection rash.
  • Usually, yeast infection rashes are formed in the creases and folds of the skin, as those areas are prone to being moist.
  • If you notice that your toddler is being more itchy and scratchy than usual, especially as soon as you change his diaper.
  • Yeast infection can make your child deeply uncomfortable and if the yeast infection is in the mouth (thrush) then it will be painful as well. This can lead to crankiness, irritability, reduced appetite and reduced sleep. Also, if your child has thrush, it can be painful for your toddler to eat and drink. It's important in this case to ensure you persuade your child to drink fluids, so as to avoid dehydration.

How to deal with Yeast Infection in Toddlers

If you suspect a yeast infection, consult your GP and get an anti-fungal ointment for the rash. Also, since the rash thrives in wet conditions, your next task is to ensure your child remains as dry as possible. Change the diaper frequently, especially if you live in warm conditions, as sweat is also a contributor to the infection.

It is important to bear in mind, that if your toddler did have thrush or plaque as a baby, he/she is at risk to contract Candida yeast infection in the genital area. This is because the fungi will pass over the body through the gastrointestinal tract. Knowing this can help you be extra vigilant about keeping your toddler dry.

Apart from this, including leafy vegetables in your child's diet is a natural way of curing yeast infection. By knowing what yeast infection is and what causes it, you can treat it or perhaps even prevent it.

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