Thrush is a common symptom of an overgrowth of Candida Albicans and you would most commonly see it as oral thrush.
It’s generally a white, foamy buildup on the surface of the tongue that can seem a little bit scary at first, especially if you see it in your children. It can also affect other body parts too.
We don’t really think of our children dealing with these kinds of problems, but it can happen to them as easily as it can happen to the rest of us.
In fact, if your children are suffering from Candida, it’s probably more important that you take the necessary steps to deal with it.
If problems associated with Candida take root early then they can be more difficult to deal with in the future.
It would much more desirable for you to just prevent Candida instead of trying to tackle it when it happens. Here are three things that cause thrush in children:
- Certain Medications
- Diaper Rash
- Poor Oral Care
Read on for more details on each.
The problem could be as simple as the type of medications that your children are taking, and if this is the case it’s relatively simple to fix.
With their immune systems in the developmental stage, children to tend to get sick relatively often, and while it’s minor things usually, we do resort to antibiotics.
If we suffer from things like colds and infections ourselves, we’ll just power through it unless it gets really bad, but it’s not easy to watch our kids suffer with it.
And they also don’t usually understand what’s going on either and so it’s impossible to get them to settle down when they’re sick.
And so we seek out over-the-counter medicine or prescribed antibiotics. We should be more careful with that though because it can lead to side effects like this.
One particularly problematic drug is the corticosteroid. This is used to treat skin issues such as redness, swelling, and itching, all common problems with children.
Development of thrush in the areas treated is one of the unfortunate side effects that can crop up if you use this.
Perhaps in the future, you should try to avoid medication altogether and look for other ways that you can treat your kids if they’re under the weather.
There is a lot of alternative options out there that often times will work even better than the prescribed antibiotics.
Just in case it’s not obvious, this is something that exclusively affects very young children, and in the case of a young girl, it can lead to vaginal thrush.
The thrush associated with this is an overgrowth of Candida and it happens on account of the optimal conditions of a child’s diaper.
Candida needs to be in an environment that’s warm and moist to grow, which is why it’s so prevalent in the human gut.
Diapers create similar conditions and this only starts to get worse as your child begins to eat more solid foods.
It can also happen if you’re switching products. So if you start to use a different brand of diaper that your babies skin isn’t used to, or if you use a new powder.
You should be careful about which products you use and make sure that you don’t chop and change them all that much.
In terms of how to treat this, it’s something that’s hard to avoid because it’s not really possible to make a child’s diaper an entirely clean environment.
There are some measures that you can take, however, read about them here on this guide from The Candida Diet.
3. Poor Oral Care
In the case of oral thrush, sometimes it’s got nothing to do with any kind of diet, medication or lifestyle issues, and it just because of how your child is taking care of their mouth.
No child likes brushing their teeth, and no matter how much you impress the importance of it on them that’s not going to change.
Brushing your teeth seems like the most basic thing in the world but you would be shocked about how many people don’t do it correctly.
Even adults. People neglect their teeth when they’re young and then they just don’t pick up the good habits as they get older.
Brushing twice a day, and being thorough about it is something that you should teach your children at as early an age as possible.
The yeast overgrowth can happen pretty quickly and it will only get worse if your kids’ oral habits don’t change.
If you don’t want your children to be affected by Candida, you just need to make sure you are keeping an eye out for the symptoms and are aware of preventative measures.
Any measure that you are taking to prevent Candida in yourself, do the same for your kids too.