Yeast and Candida Treatment- Treating Candida Overgrowth in Children
Author: Hailey Harris
Copyright (c) 2008 Hailey Harris
One of the most prevalent organisms in the system is Acidophilus, a type of friendly bacteria that exists in the gut. This organism is significant to a healthy digestive system. However, it does not exist in a child's system until early childhood. Children younger than this are exposed to the healthy bacteria mainly by drinking breast milk. If the mother's system has an imbalance, such that there are fewer numbers of Acidophilus than Candida, there is a good chance that the child will develop the imbalance as well. This can start a continuous problem for the child as it develops. Children may develop symptoms early or later in life.
Common Symptoms - Of the reported cases of yeast infection, women of childbearing age represent the largest group of those exposed to yeast infections. A child is more susceptible to develop a yeast infection if its mother has a yeast infection. This is especially true if the child is delivered via vaginal birth or is breastfed. Since babies and young children do not have the protection of healthy bacteria they may develop an overgrowth of Candida. Colic, diaper rash, oral thrush, gastrointestinal upset, and infections are the most common symptoms of Candida overgrowth that show up in children.
New studies showithat behavioral problems in young children can also be attributed to chronic yeast infections. Young children who have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), learning disabilities, and other behavior problems should be evaluated for yeast infections.
Recommended Medication - Antifungal medications are prescribed most often to treat yeast infections. These medications are not typically suitable for children because they contain toxins. Natural treatment options are more appropriate for young children. A pediatrician can recommend products for you to administer to your child.
A doctor may prescribe antibiotics for any number of childhood conditions. Antibiotics are prescribed to kill harmful bacteria, but may also eliminate some healthy bacteria in the process. It is recommended that antibiotic use be coupled with an antifungal medication to prevent Candida overgrowth. Nystatin is considered a safe antifungal medication for children because it does not enter the bloodstream.
Recommended Diet - When a child has an overgrowth of yeast, it is a good idea that they avoid the usual high sugar diet that children consume. Fruit juices, candy, dairy products, and junk foods are what many children consume on a regular basis. A child that has a yeast infection should avoid these foods because they can exacerbate an overgrowth of Candida. Since diet is significant for a growing child, eliminating too many foods from their diet can cause developmental problems. A nutritionist can suggest foods that both inhibit yeast overgrowth and provide the nutrients that a young child needs on a daily basis. Vitamin supplements for children are available, but you should discuss this with your doctor because some nutrients in high doses can be dangerous for children.
Rebuilding the system with healthy bacteria is essential for recovering from yeast infections. However, some probiotics are not suitable for young children. Colostrum is one product in particular that is considered appropriate for children. For babies, breast milk is the best defense against the invasion of Candida yeast. Mothers should ensure that they also follow a healthy diet that consists of plenty of vegetables.