When babies are born they enter the world with a sterile digestive system which has no bacteria present in it and the immune system is not yet activated. But when they pass through the vaginal canal the process of activation of their immune system begins and they become susceptible to infections. This is when they also stand the chance to suffer from yeast infection.
A yeast infection is an infection which is caused by yeast on the surface of the skin or the mucus membranes. Yeast infection may occur at many places and some of them include digestive system, the vaginal area or the diaper region. There are many ways for you to identify whether your baby has a yeast infection. Also, there are many cures for the same. The following is some information on the same.
Symptoms of Yeast Infection in Toddlers
- As far as the skin folds or naval is considered, some common symptoms include red rashes with pustules near the edges, pimples, itching and burning.
- White patches on the tongue and on the top of the mouth and cheeks could be symptoms of yeast infection in the mouth.
- Swelling, pain and pus may form near the nail beds and these too are symptoms of yeast infections in toddlers.
- As far as yeast infection of the penis is concerned, some of the symptoms include redness of the penis, scaling of the penis and even a painful rash.
- In some cases, this type f infection may also be caused on the vagina area. In this case, the symptoms include itching near the vagina and even redness on the external area of the vagina. A white or yellow discharge from the vagina may also be observed.
- Another symptom of a yeast infection in toddlers is the appearance of cracks and tiny cuts at the corners of the mouth.
Cure for Yeast Infection in Toddlers
Yeast infection, which is also known as candidiasis among kids is a treatable condition and there are many medicated ointments, creams and powders etc. As far as yeast infections in the anus or vagina are concerned, they can be treated with medicated suppositories. But on the other hand, thrush can be treated with a medicated mouthwash which are easily available in the market. But in the case of severe infections, an oral anti-yeast medication may be required for the immune compromised child.