An unfortunate fact of life as parents is that it can often seem as if you spend the majority of your time watching for injuries and checking for illnesses. However, while you may know what the symptoms of strep throat, ear infections and sprained ankles are, it is equally important to learn about yeast infections and kids. In addition, although the use of recent antibiotics may increase the likelihood of a yeast infection occurring, a yeast infection can also occur without an obvious cause. As a result, it’s important for every concerned parent to be aware of the symptoms of yeast infections in their children.
What You Should Know About Your (Mostly) Healthy Kids and Symptoms of Yeast Infections
If you thought that the chances of your little one developing thrush disappeared when he or she graduated to the sippy cup, you may be surprised to learn that oral thrush is a problem for countless children each year. Although babies may not always need medication to treat it, it is a good idea to always speak to your pediatrician about appropriate recommendations.
In addition, boys and girls may develop a yeast infection after a course of antibiotics and if he or she suffers from asthma, they are also more likely to develop an oral yeast infection. The use of steroids and some inhalers are known to cause oral yeast infections, which are also known as thrush.
You should also remember that although yeast infections are commonly associated with their private parts, it can also appear under the arms, between fingers and toes, the folds of the neck, etc. If it seems itchy, raised, injured or otherwise unusual or has a discharge, it is best to speak with your pediatrician.
What You Can Do To Help Your Child Get Rid Of It
An interesting aspect of yeast infections is that since there are so many different types of yeast that can lead to the problem, there is not a single one-size-fits-all treatment option. For instance, if the yeast infection is appearing as thrush and your child has asthma, it will first be necessary to educate your child about appropriate ways to clean their mouth after using an inhaler or breathing treatment. Alternatively, improving their tooth-cleaning regimen may also be required.
With that in mind, an oral rinse to clean the yeast overgrowth is commonly prescribed. If the problem has occurred repeatedly or if it has shown up on more than one part of their body, blood tests may be necessary. In some cases, there is an underlying problem or a severe overgrowth of the yeast and continuing to treat the symptoms topically will only allow the problem to get worse.
Another aspect to remember when planning the care for your child’s yeast infection is that although antibiotics are not its only cause, it can certainly make the problem worse. As a result, pro-biotics are often a good idea since they encourage the functionality of your child’s immune system. That means that he or she will be more likely to recover without additional medication.
Another option is the use of anti-fungal medications. They can be applied over the area of skin that is showing the signs of yeast overgrowth or taken orally. In severe cases, or if your child has other health problems that could be further compromised from the yeast infection, your child might need to get anti-fungal medicines intravenously. It may also be useful to recommend two or more of those options.
A final option to consider is most applicable to parents of young children. If your child is still in diapers and you notice an unusual rash in that area, you should be aware of other facts. For example, a good rule of thumb is that if the rash is raised and does not diminish with the use of a diaper rash cream, it is frequently a yeast infection. Therefore, you should remember that the over-the-counter creams and pills marketed to women are not always appropriate for the more delicate skin of young children. Your doctor may suggest other creams that are safer, like the anti-fungal creams already mentioned for other body parts.
In conclusion, yeast infections are common in children, but could develop into bigger problems. When dealing with them for the first time or if they return repeatedly, it is important to speak with the pediatrician to be sure that the right treatments have been made.