We all have yeast or fungus called Candida in our bodies. It is present in the intestines, mouth and skin. Sometimes external factors such as medications, irritation, friction or stress can cause an imbalance in the microbial environment which can lead to an over production of Candida, leading to a yeast infection. It can also occur in areas of the body that are left wet and moist.
There are four types of yeast infections in children:
- Thrush (Oropharyngeal Cadidiasis)
- Genital Yeast Infection (General Candidiasis)
- Diaper rash from yeast infection
- Invasive Candidiasis
In rare cases, the infection can get into the bloodstream in children whose immune systems are already weakened.
Skin yeast infections in toddlers are usually treated with antifungal ointments that you apply directly to the affected areas.
Other types of yeast infections in the body, such as those that can develop in the mouth or even spread to other parts of the body, will need to be treated with oral antifungal medications like fluconazole.
Most yeast infections resolve within two weeks after starting treatment, but reoccurrence is common.