About baby yeast infection

Baby thrush is another term for baby yeast infection. It is a type of yeast infection that results from the build up of bacteria in the baby´s mouth and private areas. It manifests itself on new born babies as well as older infants. Despite the fact that baby yeast infection is not regarded as life- threatening, it makes babies extremely uncomfortable.

As baby yeast infection has no symptoms, telling when babies have it is difficult. Nonetheless, paying close attention to the baby´s behavior is an easy way of knowing if the baby is suffering from thrush. Often times, babies suffering from thrush are angry, grumpy and frustrated especially during feeding time. Thrush clinical presents itself as gray or white patches that are lacy and curd-like on the baby´s tongue and mouth. An infected baby will not keep the pacifier inside his/her mouth but will instead spit it out.

Baby yeast infection is caused by antibiotics. Antibiotics are known to weaken the baby´s immune system thereby contributing to the growth of candida, the bacterium that causes the growth of yeast. The infection may be transmitted from mother to child. Unclean pacifiers and bottles may also cause infection. Infection can also result from using pacifiers and bottles that are not well cleaned. Accordingly, parents are directed to ensure that at all times, infant pacifiers and bottlers are well cleaned. Moist and warm weather also helps the bacteria to flourish.

In the early stages, baby yeast infection is considered to be harmless. Nonetheless, it has grave side effects for example malnutrition and dehydration. Difficulty in swallowing and suckling as well as discomfort are additional side effects. The thrush causes diaper rush when it spreads through the child´s gastro-intestinal system in the advanced stages.

Baby yeast infection is best dealt with by sterilizing such baby equipment as bottles and pacifiers. Since the bacterium that causes yeast to grow thrives in damp environments, it is advisable to also keep the equipment dry. It is crucial that the infant´s diapers are changed immediately they are soiled. Also clean the baby´s private parts and keep them dry. Prior to placing the diapers, always allow the child´s bottom to air-dry for a short while. Make certain the diaper is not excessively tight. This stops the bacteria from flourishing. If infection persists, it is best you consult a pediatrician. He/she is capable of treating the infection by providing the right medication.