Pediatric Yeast Infection

Pediatric yeast infection is a general term that describes when a naturally occurring fungus grows in excess and causes irritation.

What is a Pediatric Yeast Infection?

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.

What are the different types of Pediatric Yeast Infections?

There are three main types of yeast infections:

Toddler (1 to 3 years*) yeast infection

This infection creates a rash in the armpit, diaper area, mouth and neck.

Vaginal yeast infection

This is the most common type of yeast infection. Approximately 75 percent of all women will have at least one during her lifetime.

Male yeast infection

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.

What are the signs and symptoms of a Pediatric Yeast Infection?

  • Itching and irritation
  • Pain during urination
  • Pain during intercourse (adolescents)
  • Rashes
  • Vaginal swelling
  • White spots or rash on the penis
  • White, thick coating on tongue
  • Discharge from the vagina or penis that can have an odor

*Age of toddlers as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

What are the causes of a Pediatric Yeast Infection?

The candida fungus can grow due to:

  • Antibiotic medications
  • Conditions like diabetes or auto-immune issues
  • Douches or vaginal sprays, which upset the vaginal balance
  • High hormone levels
  • Stress
  • Sexual contact
  • Underwear that’s too tight or made from materials that trap heat and moisture
  • Weakened immune system due to HIV/AIDS, immune-suppressing medications (organ transplants) or other reasons

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