Yeast Infection in Children

The most common form of yeast infection in children is thrush. Thrush, like other forms of yeast infections, is caused when Candida yeasts are allowed to multiply and grow out of control. Normally, the immune system keeps the number of Candida yeasts in balance, but in some cases, the balance favors the infection causing fungus. Children, and especially newborns, can be at risk by of acquiring Candida yeasts, or because of a weaker immune system. An increased use of antibiotics can cause a weakening of the immune system, while contact with Candida yeast can happen during birth, when the baby passes through the vagina, or soon after birth, when the newborn comes in contact with a number of people.

The most common symptoms of yeast infections in children is a white or light colored coating or curd-like patches that form over the tongue or mouth. Thrush can be an indication of a yeast infection of the esophagus. If left untreated, it can lead to serious complications.