thrush in toddlers question

Mel - posted on 05/11/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My daughter has been very red and sore for about maybe 6-12 months now and Ive been to alot of doctors but cant get them to give her anything other then reccomending the same stupid cream that doesnt work and they say every time that will clear it up, we ended up coming ot the conclusion it might be from wearing nappys but now shes toilet trained so its clearly not nappys, I still have the same issues trying to use wipes on her because shes too sore its still a struggle (we have to pin her legs down , not nice) so Im wondering whatanyone esle has used for thrush because since the doctors cant seem to give me anything else there is nothing else I can do for her

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Jodi - posted on 05/11/2011

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Mel, have your doctors done some sort of swab test? If not, I think they should. You need to determine if this is thrush or a bacterial infection. After 6 months of it not going away, get a pathology test done. This is NOT normal.

With respect to wipes, which brand wipes are you using (exactly)?

And yes, diet affects thrush and candida infections. Dairy products, mould foods (such as mushrooms), breads (yeast foods) all affect this. Diet has a HUGE impact.

With respect to sugar.....fruit is high in sugar too.

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Nikki - posted on 05/11/2011

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Your age shouldn't effect how your doctor treats you. You are the one paying their wage, you demand to have a swab taken and don't leave until he/she has taken one.

There are times when doctors do miss things or brush off symptoms, you have every right to demand further investigation if something does not feel right to you. You know your child better than the doctor does, so you are the best judge if something is not right.

Jodi - posted on 05/11/2011

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"geez thats exactly what I was thinking to start with you know, but no apparently I was wrong, it was just thrush they wouldnt even check her out."

How do they know if they haven't done a swab? After 6 months, I'd be insisting on one by now.

But Laura also has a good point. One of Taylah's little friends is actually allergic to her own urine (yes, weird I know) and any time she has anything acidic, she ends up with a nasty rash. So she can still eat fruit, just has to avoid citrus fruits. You could try avoiding citrus/acidic fruits for a while.

Isobel - posted on 05/11/2011

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if there's no discharge...I don't think it's a yeast infection. Could it be that her pee is too acidic (a lot of juices and fruits can cause that).

When my kids were really sore I used to put just corn starch on to help it and it always worked WAY better than any cream anybody ever gave me.

Amanda - posted on 05/11/2011

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Have you asked your doctor about a possible Lanolin allgery? I noticed your butt cream and wipes both contain it. Lanolin is actually what causes butt rashs in my children, which unfor is in lots of baby products, such as diapers, wipes, butt creams, nipple creams.

Mel - posted on 05/11/2011

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geez thats exactly what I was thinking to start with you know, but no apparently I was wrong, it was just thrush they wouldnt even check her out. I guess no one listens to a 22 yr old. I dont always use the same kind of wipes...sometimes huggies, sometimes johnsons or curash. I dont know alot about thrush so I wouldnt have known what affected it, if it is thrush. Oh I feed her alot of fruit to try and help with constipation

Mel - posted on 05/11/2011

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shes wearing underwear now since being toilet trained about a month ago but she wont wear the nickers with cream there so she doesnt even have anythign on tonight but yeah forgot about the sink havent put her in that for a while! I have probiotics in the fridge for my youngest girl. I do try to avoid wipes where possible I just wanted to try and give her a good clean, but yeah Ill do all that and def be taking her back to docs again

Jenn - posted on 05/11/2011

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I would go a step further and avoid probiotic yogurt...simply do a children's probiotic pill or powder..it is in the refridgerated section in health stores. Give her a bath in the sink! She will love it and you can gently wash her. Wipes, even sensitive, are not good for girls...the best thing is water and a soft diaper cloth. Dairy is a huge contributor to thrush as is sugar. Let her "breathe" by allowing her to hang out without a diaper for awhile here and there.

Mel - posted on 05/11/2011

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I thought maybe it could be something else Im just making a guess cause that is what they said, I got sick of trying to go back to get something that would work. Shes just really red and sore 24/7 sometimes worse then others. The redness doesnt go away though

Mel - posted on 05/11/2011

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no they said only the cream I can use its called resolve plus everytime they say use that for 2 weeks twice a day, then follow with the other one cant remember what its called, I thought there might have a medication...but then I figured I was wrong...

Bonnie - posted on 05/11/2011

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I didn't know you can have thrush for that long. Are doctors sure that is what it is? I think i've only dealt with thrush a couple of times, but our doctor prescribed an antibiotic.

Nikki - posted on 05/11/2011

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Sudocream won't work. I agree with the others plus have you tried a combination of anti fungal nappy cream plus an oral medication called nilstat? your DR has to prescribe it.

Mel - posted on 05/11/2011

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the wipes dont contain alcohol over here not the ones I use anyhow, I knew that bit, but I never even knew diet could affect it. She eats health food though I can think of anything she has with lots of sugar she does have alot of dairy though ... all those times I give her fruit and yogurt for her morning tea or afternoon tea...wish we had a bath so I could try the tea tree oil. I cleaned her very well even though she hated it and I used lots of sudo cream to try and help tonight but it never does. Ill see what reducing dairy does :) Thankyou, none of these things were ever mentioned to me by a gp

Amanda - posted on 05/11/2011

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Athlets foot cream, use very little, and keep using for a few days after it clears up (if it does). This is always what my doctor has suggested for my children, and works like magic everytime for them.

I agree about milk being a possible issue, my mother said my twin and I were walking diaper rashes for the first 3 years of our lives due to milk.

Stifler's - posted on 05/11/2011

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I agree with Cathy, anything with yeast and/or lots of sugar feeds candida infections.

Minnie - posted on 05/11/2011

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Add to the great suggestions Cathy already gave, regarding diet, too much dairy is another culprit.

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