Shaken Baby Syndrome

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Amniotic fluid problems

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Choosing a pre-school

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Newborn reflexes

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Pelvic floor exercises

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Antenatal Classes

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    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:49
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Yeast Infections

What are yeast infections?

Yeast infections are caused by various species of yeast-like fungus called candida. Ordinarily, yeast organisms that occur naturally in various parts of the body and are part of germs (including bacteria), produce no symptoms. This is because the immune system works to maintain a balance between good and bad bacteria. However, certain conditions that compromise the immune system, such as illness, chronic disease, or medication, affect the balance of microbes in the body, resulting in an overgrowth of candida. Yeast also thrives in chronically moist folds of the skin, such as the groin. In general, yeast infections flare-up and heal; however, in newborns and individuals with compromised immune systems, more serious, chronic yeast infections can occur (MedicineNet, Inc., 2006-2011;, 2011).

Common symptoms of yeast infections in children:

  • thrush
  • frequent diaper rash
  • colic lasting over 3 months
  • athletes foot
  • hives
  • eczema
  • digestive problems such as gas, bloating and diarrhoea
  • chronic ear infections

Other symptoms may include:

  • sugar cravings
  • recurrent headaches
  • a persistent cough
  • nasal congestion
  • children with yeast infections may be labelled as tired, unhappy or depressed; and as having learning and/or concentration problems (, 2003-2010).

A worsening of symptoms may occur on damp days or in damp environments (, 2002-2011).

How do babies get yeast infections?

Yeasts exist naturally in the mother's vagina. As a result many babies acquire candida infections from their mother's during the birth process.

Yeast infections can be acquired from close contact with other family members (MedicineNet, 2006-2011).