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Candida in Children

Candida in Children

Candida is a condition that affects men, women, and children.

Thrush, or oral Candidiasis, affects newborns and infants alike.

Candida is also common among adolescent girls.

Newborns are especially vulnerable to thrush in cases where the mother has a yeast infection before delivery.

This is due in part to the fact that the immune system in newborns has not fully developed.

Candida in children is not uncommon in younger children. It can present itself in the form of diaper rash. In addition, as babies they may also develop Candida on the surrounding area of their fingers.

This can occur if, for example, they have a diaper rash and, as babies normally do, suck on their fingers or thumbs which can then transfer the infection to their mouths.

Candida in children may also be common in adolescent girls due to poor diet, over use of antibiotics, a weak immune system, or improper hygiene.

There are signs which can determine if your child has Candida. In the case of thrush, you may notice a white patch on their tongue or inside their mouth and around their lips. They may not want to eat and have trouble swallowing.

For young children, you may notice diaper rash on a frequent basis. They may also have a rash on other parts of their body as well. They may be grumpy or lethargic, and may exhibit fatigue.

According to Dr. Crook’s book, “The Yeast Connection,” your child may also develop an ear infection which he asserts may stem from Candida alone but attributes antibiotics as one of the catalysts.

In addition, he also states that hyperactivity may be another sign associated with Candida. He writes: "Ninety-four percent of children medicated for hyperactivity had three or more otitis infections, and 69% had greater than10 ear infections.

In comparison, 50% of non-hyperactive school failure patients had three or more infections and 20% had greater than 10 infections. Twenty-two of 28 children (79%), known to have more than 10 infections, experienced recurrent otitis before one year of age."

Moreover, Dr. Crook conducted surveys among parents of infants and small children in which he asked questions that are directly related to Candida symptoms.

For example: “Is your child bothered by colic and irritability lasting over three months? Is your child’s symptoms worse on damp days? Has your child been bothered by recurring or persistent chronic fungus infections of the skin or nails?”

In total, there are 22 questions. Dr. Crook scores the answers and the results could determine the following three scenarios:

Yeasts possibly plays a role in causing health problems in children; Yeast probably plays a role in causing health problems in children; and Yeast almost certainly plays a role in causing health problems in children.

While we know that Candida can affect children depending upon the severity of the condition, it may also be true that other conditions as stated herein are also caused by Candida.

Further Reading:

Candida Symptoms - List of symptoms associated with candidiasis.

Candida Treatment - Information on candida and treatment.

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