A baby yeast infection can present itself in different forms however; it is caused by only one factor-Candida Albicans. The most common form of yeast infection present in babies is thrush, an infection of the mucus membranes in the baby’s mouth. If you’re breastfeeding, your nipples can get infected too. One other type of yeast infection comes in the form of a diaper nappy rash which can be present in babies who are either bottle-fed or breast-fed.
Baby girls may also develop vaginal yeast infection. Yeast favors and grows in wet, warm and dark places like in the mouth, vagina and surrounding diaper region. You can stop the growth of yeast by taking preventative measures or in some cases, medicine may be prescribed if necessary.
Due to an infant’s immature immune system, babies can easily get infected as Candida can grow out of control. Thrush, a yeast infection inside the mouth, can cause your baby pain during nursing and can affect your baby’s ability to eat. Thrush looks like cottage cheese surrounding the insides of your baby’s mouth. They might bleed when you try to remove them.
Candida is a common fungal problem that can grow out of control in infants because of their weak immune systems. Sometimes, thrush will resolve on its own within a few weeks, but if your baby won’t eat, your doctor will need to prescribe treatment immediately. An anti-fungal medication you gently apply to the inside of your baby’s mouth can clear the infection. If your baby is eating solid food, a little plain yogurt with live cultures such as Lactobacillus can also help prevent a baby’s yeast infection.
Treating Nipples While Breast-feeding
Nursing mothers can get infected if their baby has an oral yeast infection, chances are the nipple area may get infected too and vice versa, which will cause the yeast to grow back. To avoid regrowth of yeasts, you will need to treat your nipple’s and your baby’s mouth at the same time. If you’re taking antibiotics while breastfeeding, both you and your baby will have an increased risk of a yeast infection.. The antibiotics will kill the ‘good bacteria’ and allow the ‘bad’ bacteria to multiply. You can add probiotics such as acidophilus when taking antibiotics to prevent the occurrence of yeast infection. Exposing your nipples to air and keeping them dry will also help to eliminate the presence of yeast.
Treating Diaper rash
Yeast diaper rashes are characterized by bumpy, bright and red blotches that resemble small pimples and the infected area may feel scaly. To treat your baby’s yeast infection, avoid using a diaper during the day and expose your baby’s buttocks to some fresh air to keep them dry. If you are using a plastic diaper, you can change to a cotton cloth instead. You may also apply anti-fungal ointments to help relieve the infection. If the diaper rash persists, please consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Treating Vaginal Infections
Baby girls can have from time to time a vaginal yeast infection; yeast from the diaper area can spread towards the baby’s vagina. It can cause pain, itching, burning and a thick white discharge that resembles cottage-cheese may also be present. To treat your baby’s yeast infection, keep the diaper area dry, change the diaper frequently and use an anti-fungal cream as prescribed by your doctor.
A baby’s yeast infection can be caused by a number of factors as discussed, the best form of prevention, apart from seeking medical advice, is to keep your baby constantly clean and dry in the area surrounding the genitals and their bottom.