How to Identify Yeast Infection in Babies
Most of us know the symptoms of a yeast infection – itching, burning, or pain, accompanied by a whitish coating or discharge, depending on where the yeast infection strikes. When it comes to yeast infection in babies, however, your child cannot tell you want the problem is, so it is up to you to check for signs of yeast infection.
In this article, we look at what those signs are, and what you can do to treat your child if he or she does have a yeast infection.
Oral Yeast Infection in Babies
Oral yeast infection in babies is the same as that in adults. You may notice a whitish layer in the mouth, or your child may simply be red and appear itchy or sore. He or she is likely to have trouble sucking on a bottle or a breast.
It is important, if your child has a yeast infction, that you seek treatment, and take preventative measures, to avoid passing the infection on to yourself, or re-infecting your child after treatment.
It is a little known fact that diaper rash is caused by a yeast infection. It may vary from mild to severe, but the best treatment for this type of yeast infection in babies is to use a medicated diaper rash cream, and to make sure that your child’s diaper area gets as much fresh air as possible. This is because Candida, the yeast that causes yeast infections, loves warm, dark, and moist places, and is not fond of fresh air and light.
You will be able to identify diaper rash by the classic red rash in the diaper area, which gets progressively worse.
Recurrent Yeast Infections in Babies
Often, yeast infections are treated in babies, only to return later. This is usually because the feeding equipment used, whether bottles or breast, is infected with the yeast too.
That is why it is so important to sterilise feeding equipment properly, and, if you are breast-feeding, to make sure that you get an anti fungal medication too, so that you can cure yourself of yeast infections that may be present on your breasts at the same time as your baby. It may also be best to switch to expressing while your baby has a yeast infection in his or her mouth, to prevent the transfer of the yeast in the first place.