daughter scratching all the time due to yeast infection, what do i do?

Erin - posted on 03/16/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My daughter seems to get a yeast infection about every month. i know that if she has had an antibiotic that is the cause of it but then she will randomly get them as well. We pretty much have the actual yeast infections under control with medications when she gets them but its keeping her from scratching. She scratches so bad that she makes her "area" bleed. then the scratching leads to a bacterial infection. I just want my daughter to stop having all these infections. I have tried keeping gloves on her hands, making sock puppets to keep her hands occupied, one piece outfits so she can not get to it, but she somehow always manages to scratch that itch! please help!

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Christina - posted on 03/23/2010

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My daughter went through the same thing. The only thing that work for her was Monstat 7. You can use the generic also. My doctor recommended it. You should give it a try. I really hope it all works out. I will keep her in our prayers!

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Preventing yeast starts from within. Probiotics like those found in yogert for starters. Reducing sugar intake, especially processed... so apple not so bad as cookie. Simple carbs like breads, cakes, sugar count, too.
Drink a lot of water. Supplementing with probiotics can help, but be very careful not to overdo. You don't want to create imbalance in her system; that creates other similar problems.

On the outside, basically, if it smells nice, don't let it come in contact with vagina or vaginal opening.
This goes from:
using METHOD FREE detergent,
no fabric softener
NO bathroom wipes or fragranced toilet tissue,
and especially NO bubble baths, etc.

Keeping undergarments dry (sweat, water, discharge). Good Luck.

Amy - posted on 04/02/2010

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My daughters (7 & 4) scratch all the time. They complain that yeast infection creams burn, so I've been letting them use my witch hazel pads. They don't complain that it burns or seem to scratch as much. Also, we had to completely do away with bubble bath, bath salts, anything other than mild soap or shampoo in their baths. I've been giving them Summer's Eve to wash with because I know it doesn't irritate.

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Crystal - posted on 07/31/2013

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I was prescribed the same cream but it burns like crazy. It didn't burn your daughter?

Bianell - posted on 09/10/2010

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it might be the running water in your home causing the yeast infection tried to used purified water to bathe her .

Jessica - posted on 08/05/2010

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My doctor prescribed my daughter Nystatin to put on the area, bc we had the same problem. It worked almost instantly. And it comes in a pretty big tube, and you only use it twice a day. So, you still have it the next time she has to take antibiotics!

Diana - posted on 05/02/2010

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It is very important for girls not to take long bubble baths, since dirty water and the ingredients in soap might alter ph and even cause UTI's. I would skip baths and just give her showers everytime. Vinegar and yougurt sound like a good option too. Good luck!

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Give her accidophilus - this is what she needs if she's had antibiotics. You can get special ones for little kids, my 7wk old baby has been on some. Yoghurt will help with the symptoms, but accidophilus will actually fix the problem.

Dawn - posted on 04/01/2010

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I work for a chiropractor who has been doing a lot of research on Candida (which is a yeast that gets out of control to put it simply). She has been doing a Candida diet which basically consists of eating mainly meats & veggies (for her it is Only) preferably all organic. Also, check out the book "The Yeast Connection Handbook". The yeast feeds on sugar & anything with yeast in it will allow it to get worse. Hope this helps you! :)

Julie-anne - posted on 03/31/2010

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Hi Erin...try getting some good bacteria, look for a health shop near you and try find acidphilus for kids, it is a powder and you can put it in anything.Good raw yoghurt is good too. But for the dry skin she is lacking essential fatty acids. Get a really good fish oil. Patrick Holford has a really good supplement range.You need to watch her diet too. Yeast thrives on sugar, you need to read your labels for what ever food you give your baby girl. there is so many hidden sugars in our foods, (fructose and sucrose are also very bad sugars) any processed food. Really not good, hope this helps

Becky - posted on 03/29/2010

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Yogurt works wonders! Any time I feel like I'm getting a yeast infection, I eat yogurt 2-3 times a day for about a week. I've also heard that you can use plain yogurt just like you would an ointment. I've never tried it so not sure how effective it will be. To keep the itching at bay until it starts clearing up, check with your doctor about using some cortizone creme &/or cornstarch baby powder. Good luck!

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Cotton undies (nappies or knickers) are the way to go. Anything synthetic can't breathe and keeps the moisture in - perfect breeding environment for yeasts.

Brandi - posted on 03/28/2010

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Prevention is better than the cure. 1/4 vinegar in bath water helps to kill bacteria, also try keeping her diaper or underwear off why she sleeps. High moister helps yeast grow. Air her out regularly. My daughter had really bad yeast infections the first 6 months. I put her on a probiotic and fed her yogurt every morning and used Tushies cotton disposables. Exspensive but the only thing that worked and they dilivered them to my door for free shipping. You could just try changing her more often but I found the ingredients/chemicals in the diapers were not helping her Hoo. Her Hoo still gets inchy every now and again and I immediatly start the probiotics and keeping her underwear off at night. She is 6 now. It's all about the PH.

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If she keeps getting the infections, I'd suggest taking her to the doctor to check her out.

You can try and make sure she's not getting yeast in anything she's eating. Some foods containing yeast are: bread, grape juice, spreads such as vegemite, marmite, promite, sugar, cheese...there's quite a long list, so it might be worth checking with your doctor to see if your daughter has an actual allergy



As Audrey suggests, yoghurt can certainly help. It has to be plain, sugar-free and with no flavourings. I've heard that some people apply it to the affected area, but I've never tried this.That scratching is certainly a pain. Your doctor or health professional may have some ideas to help with this.



Good luck.

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