Texas summers bring heat and humidity, which can increase the chance of kids getting yeast infections. Yes, girls and boys can get yeast infections, even as toddlers.
Yeast infections (also known as candidiasis) are common infections caused by Candida albicans yeast, which is a type of fungus. Most yeast infections are not contagious. Usually, infections occur when conditions on the skin, mouth (mucosal surface), vagina and penis/foreskin develop extra moisture and warmth, often associated with a suppressed immune system.
Do Toddlers Get Yeast Infections?
A yeast infection is probably not the first thing you think of when you hear the word toddler. Pediatric yeast infections usually happen in warm, moist parts of the body, such as the mouth, and moist areas of skin. The skin folds around the mouth, armpits, chin, and diaper area collect moisture, which can cause a yeast infection and rash in any of these areas.
Many parents ask how do I know if it is a diaper rash or yeast infection? The most common type of diaper rash is a painful but less serious condition that results from chafing and irritation. If the rash is bright red with small red dots around the edges, it is probably a yeast infection. Yeast infections do not respond to diaper cream. It can be difficult to determine if it is a yeast infection or just diaper rash, so if you are unsure schedule an appointment with Parsi Pediatrics. Dr. Parsi and her team can recommend a treatment or prescribe ointments to help relieve pain and irritation.
Do Young Girls Get Yeast Infections?
Vaginal yeast infections are common among growing girls, and about 75% of all females will have a yeast infection at some point in their lives. Vaginal yeast infections can cause pain, itching, redness, a thick white vaginal discharge, pain during urination (peeing), and sometimes whitish patches on the skin of the vaginal area. Yeast infections in young girls are typically caused by tight, not breathable clothing and underwear (or diapers, if they are still being worn), sitting in sweaty or wet clothing. Because yeast infections thrive in moist conditions, it is best to avoid materials like nylon that can trap heat and moisture, and make sure clothing isn’t too tight.
Most yeast infections last for about 2 weeks but should improve in 2–3 days with appropriate medication. If you are concerned your young girl might have a vaginal yeast infection call Parsi Pediatrics to schedule an appointment.
Do Guys Get Yeast Infections?
It is more common to hear about women having yeast infections but men and young boys can also get them. Yeast infections in men are common because the fungus that causes yeast infections (candida) is normally present on skin, especially moist skin. Men can get a yeast infection on the tip of their penis, but it is more common in men who aren’t circumcised. Men can help to prevent yeast infections by practicing good hygiene. Keeping the area clean and dry plus wearing loose cotton underwear to prevent moisture from building up. Parsi Pediatrics can evaluate the symptoms, check for signs of yeast infection, and provide a treatment plan.
Yeast Infection Treatment
Yeast infections are common occurrences, but prompt treatment can help reduce the uncomfortable symptoms within a few days. Children whose immune systems are weakened by illnesses or certain medications, also are at higher risk. If your child’s immune system is weak, there’s a chance that the fungus can spread into your bloodstream. Early treatment is important to provide relief and prevent further infection spread.
Whether your child has diaper rash or possibly a yeast infection, call us at 210.561.1551 to make an appointment. Parsi Pediatrics is your local pediatrician in San Antonio providing the best comprehensive and high quality care for kids. Visit our office in San Antonio to find the right pediatrician for your child.