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Old 08-10-2011, 08:38 PM   #1
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Yeast infection/over growth?

Preface: DD2 had yeast growth issues as a young infant too and we kept her on probiotics constantly for 2 years. She was my only baby to ever have thrush and she would flare up with it if we stopped probiotics.

Flash forward - she's 3.5 yo now and about 6 months ago she began itching her genital area and I followed her diligently to the restroom to make sure she was wiping, washing, all that jazz - she is and very well. We treated topically with an antifungal to kill it quickly and I had completely forgotten about probiotics.

Now 6 months later, it would appear her 'itchies' are back as she calls them. I've just re-started her on probiotics and I'll treat topically but is there anything else you can think of for a little one to boost immune system against yeast overgrowth?

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Re: Yeast infection/over growth?

Cut sugars out of her diet, have her drink lots of cranberry juice. Garlic? I don't know of any brands for young children but I know it helps me with yeast issues. I also take or give an extra probiotic tablet or two a day when the "itchies" are bad.
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Oh, I should also mention, its not being set off by a hidden UTI. She doesn't get a lot of sugar (other than fruit), no juices currently, SEVERELY limited candy/sweets exposure. We cook almost everything from scratch and garden.

Cranberry juice is a good idea. I wonder if I could get her to eat garlic.

Poor kid I feel terrible for not thinking sooner that DUH she was on probiotics forever, why did I forget them as she grew? She is used to taking the powder form in a spoon of yogurt (homemade).
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Re: Yeast infection/over growth?

yogurt!

the live active cultures in yogurt are supposed to be helpful.
sounds like she already gets some, but I'd try to make sure she had it regularly.
and I'm assuming homemade yogurt has all the live active cultures that the store bought stuff has, but I don't honestly know.

I think cranberry juice is more related to UTIs, but it certainly can't hurt.
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Re: Yeast infection/over growth?

I have this same problem, and I have had the "itchies" as long as I can remember. In the summer is sooo much worse because I'm at the pool w/ my LO at least once a day. Even if I get out of my swim suit the moment I'm home, I'm usually miserable later that night. I use this remedy: 2T vinegar (apple cider or white)
1T lemon juice
10 drops tea tree oil (optional)
28-32 oz water


I doesn't sting, I promise!!!! Just spritz on her girly bits after peeing. Feels so much better!!!!

HTH, mama.
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