Could Your Child Have a Problem with Overgrown Yeast?
It Can Occur with Antibiotic Use.
Has your child taken multiple antibiotics? Yeast overgrowth can occur when antibiotics kill off the good bacteria in the gut. This allows yeast to overgrow and the gut becomes unbalanced which causes a variety of uncomfortable symptoms such as thrush, an itchy rash or stubborn diaper rash. Many children and babies with eczema have taken multiple doses of antibiotics due to infection. To prevent the overgrowth of yeast, always replace the good gut bacteria after completing a round of antibiotics. You can feed your child yogurt with live cultures and also mix a good probiotic into their food. Below are a list of symptoms of yeast overgrowth. Discuss them with your child’s physician.
White Spots in the Mouth or on the Tongue.
Doctors call this condition thrush. It is caused by an overgrowth of yeast in the mouth. The spots can vary where they appear but are commonly found on the tongue, inside the cheeks and on the gums. They can also appear in the throat and tonsils. Children can experience dry mouth and swallowing can be uncomfortable. The mouth can also look red and irritated. See your child’s physician for treatment of thrush.
Stubborn diaper rash can be caused by an overgrowth of yeast. If your child’s diaper rash does not respond to diaper rash ointments talk to your child’s physician about yeast overgrowth, especially if your child has been on an antibiotic. A painful rash can also appear on the genital area. Yeast rashes are usually treated with a prescription antifungal cream. If you have a child with eczema, make sure you are treating eczema and not a yeast overgrowth rash.
Pain, Itching and Discharge
A yeast infection of the genitals in young children is similar to yeast infections in adults. There will be redness, itching with a discharge and pain and burning with urinating. See your child’s physician if you see these symptoms.
Necessary Dietary Changes
It is important to modify your child’s diet if they have a problem with overgrown yeast. Yeast thrives on sugar so limit sugary snacks, drinks and fruit until the symptoms are gone. Also, stay away from breads and carbohydrates that contain yeast.
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