Baby’s Health: Curing and Preventing Yeast Infections on the Face
Parents have a habit of staring at their baby for hours on end, and such a pastime pay not be as pleasurable if they find a fungal infection on their little one’s face. It’s not even an uncommon occurrence, but it is one that can be hard to diagnose. Still, since it is a common ailment, it is also one that is quite easily treatable, and though it can be aggravated, having this fungus is not a life-threatening condition.
Why a Baby Gets Infected
Exposure to the fungi or Candida is nothing special- it is all around. It would be harder to keep from being exposed to it, than the other way around. Babies can even get the fungi from their mothers during birth if the mother has the fungi present in her birth canal.
That is why it is better to ensure that the exposure does not lead to infection because having the fungi in the system is not really a problem. Infection can occur only if the fungi are present in vast numbers due to the body’s inability to fight off the growth.
Oral medications that adults can take safely are not advised for babies, especially the younger ones where the yeast infections commonly occur. The customary treatment will be to apply topical or local antifungal medications that have the least side effect and are really quite effective.
There are also homeopathic treatments that have shown remarkable results like yogurt, garlic, and apple cider vinegar. Still, the option that any parent should take is to not only cure the infection, but prevent it by following a few holistic routines that will comprehensively address all the factors that will affect the baby’s health:
1. Keep the baby and the surroundings clean. Disinfect and sterilize anything that will come into contact with the baby.
2. Feed the baby healthy food, and keep him away from too much sugar or carbohydrates.
3. Prevent any unnecessary distress in the baby’s environment and do not give him any medication that a physician has not ordered.
Sometimes yeast infections on baby’s face are hard to trace about their origin. It could be that the mother is infected because females are most likely to have yeast infections or it could be that the feeding bottles are not properly sterilized and harboring the Candida fungus. In time, this can be determined if the mother will bring her baby to the pediatrician. However, if the cures and treatment that will be recommended by the pediatrician will not work then the mother should better have a doctor to check her out medically as well.
Yeast infections on mouths, lips, cheeks and nose of babies are sometimes contracted through mother to baby transmission. If the nursing mother is infected with yeast infection and her nipples or the areolas have lesions in them which is the symptom of yeast infection, the source is sure to be the mother. If no lesions on the mother are visible but she has recurrent or severe form of vaginal yeast infections then it could be that the mother is mishandling the baby through unhygienic method. Symptoms of infection on babies can be recognized easily because white or pinkish patches will appear on the baby’s cheeks or around the mouth area. During this time, infection may also appear as lesions in their oral cavities such as in the tongue and inside the cheeks.
The blood of the mother can also be infected with yeasts just like when men have oral thrush and intestinal yeast infection. If infection has already spread out in her system then her breast milk should be analyzed for fungal content. Treatment must be administered quickly if the findings are positive. As have been said, yogurt is the safest remedy among all home cures when it comes to treating fungal infection on babies’ face. It can be applied anytime and without the pain. For apple cider it must be used as a bathing solution and the baby can soak in it for few minutes.