Pediatric yeast infection is a general term that describes when a naturally occurring fungus grows in excess and causes irritation.
Everyone has a fungus called candida, which is typically found in the intestines, mouth, skin and the tissues around the genital areas. When, candida grows out of control, it causes a yeast infection.
Candida flourishes in warm, dark areas, such as the vagina or armpit.
There are three main types of yeast infections:
This type is rare and is transmitted during unprotected sex with a woman who has a vaginal yeast infection. Men who aren’t circumcised are at a greater risk to contract the disease.
This infection creates a rash in the armpit, diaper area, mouth and neck.
This is the most common type of yeast infection. Approximately 75 percent of all women will have at least one during her lifetime.
*Age of toddlers as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The candida fungus can grow due to: