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Baby Yeast Infection: Controlling and Preventing

May 1, 2008
Yeast infection in babies (baby thrush) is normally without danger, although its symptoms may be very distressful for the baby affected. It is a kind of Candida infection occurring mainly in babies two months old or less. Nevertheless, older children may be impacted as well.

Infant yeast infection does not exhibit many symptoms. The initial and most obvious signs of infant yeast infection are to do with behavior. A baby afflicted by yeast infection may start to be irritable, frustrated and annoyed, especially when feeding. Also, a baby in this case will probably reject his or her pacifier. Thrush in a baby usually manifests itself as white or gray lacy coagulation on the tongue and mucosal surfaces of the mouth.

Different yeast pathogens are usually present in everyone's body in tiny doses, whereas yeast can reproduce itself very fast in a body that is infected. For example, up to one woman in five when pregnant can suffer from excessive production of yeast. During pregnancy or at time of birth, through the birth canal, women in this condition can pass the infection to their infant. Babies typically have a weak immune system; they can be affected by this condition because of these triggering aspects.

Babies can also be infected with yeast because of the following conditions: 1. Antibiotics treatment. Antibiotics interfere with the function of the immune system and encourage excessive candida growth. 2. The use of dirty bottles or pacifiers. 3. Breastfeeding when the mother has a yeast infection. 4. Warmness or humidity in the weather.

To begin with, there are usually no real consequences in the yeast infection of a baby. However, poor feeding and poor hydration are side effects that can give cause for concern. In the first phase of infection, notable side effects are often discomfort and problems in sucking or swallowing for the baby. In advanced phases, yeast infection for babies can follow down though the digestive system to bring on diaper rash. More than this, complications associated with yeast infection may provoke high fever and therefore immediate medical attention.

A problem that is also related to infant yeast infection is the mutual infection by breastfeeding of the mother and child, which can be extremely painful for the mother and often results in weaning prematurely.

If pain and poor feeding are being caused by infant yeast infection, parents need to consult a pediatrician for the right treatment. This said, infant yeast infection would often clear by itself without having to go as far as medical treatment.

In any case, a holistic / alternative yeast infection treatment is strongly indicated in the case of recurring infection. In the general case, prevention is better than cure for yeast infection in babies. Some lactation consultants recommend keeping nipples rinsed and dry all the time as yeast is favoured by moisture, and in particular, rinsing the nipples before feeding. Many physicians and paraprofessionals recommend that the pacifier and the bottle nipple are sterilized before use.

For baby nutrition, small amounts of non-gluten grains such as amaranth and quinoa can be given. Apart from that, I recommend eliminating candida-provoking foods from your baby's food program (remove all refined carbohydrates and gluten grains, for instance).

Reduction or elimination of red meat, food which is preserved and canned, fruit (other than lemons, limes and cranberries), mold-favoring foodstuffs such as corn, foods rich in yeast like mushrooms and vinegar (but not Apple Cider Vinegar), dairy produce (above all from cow's milk; goat's milk and sheep's milk produce can be taken in moderation), caffeine and egg whites.

Give your children anti-Candida and cleansing foods, and at the same time supplement their intake with vitamins and minerals to boost their immune system, including a daily dose of probiotics, to follow my second recommendation.

A considerable positive change in condition of your baby's yeast infection can be accomplished just by these actions on their own.
About the Author
Linda Allen is a health consultant and author of the #1 best-selling e-book Yeast Infection No More . To Learn More About Baby Yeast Infection Visit: Baby Yeast Infection
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