5 Y/o with Chronic Yeast Infections

Updated on April 19, 2008
A.B. asks from Carrollton, TX
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Hi Moms,
I have a 5 y/o girl, fully potty trained day and night who gets regular yeast infections. She has always had very sensitive skin and gets them at least every other month-occassionally she even has the white discharge. She takes a bath just about every day, wipes well, we use only sensitive skin laundry detergent, and only wears cotton panties. We treat them each time topically with Monostat (7-day cream) and they go away for a month or two then they are back. Any suggestions? Has anyone else gone through this? Is this normal? My
Thanks, A.

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Just an update: We went to Whole Foods and they have probiotic capsules. We give her one in the evening and she has not has an infection since then! Thank you again for all your help!

Wow...I never expected such an outpouring of advice! I cannot thank you enough!

Just a quick update...I have spoken with her doctor. He suggested that first we quit baths and go to showers. We will start this tonight. He also suggested that she could be reacting to the "baby" soap we are still using, so we will switch to Dove. Finally, he asked the next time she has a flare-up to bring her in. I never thought it could be something other than a yeast infection, so we will have him look at it the next time it flares up.

I will definately look into the probiotics. It is simply impossible to get her to eat yogurt every day. She burns out and it would become a battle, but if I can add something to what she is eating, it will be much better. Her diet is very healthy...little refined sugar, but she does eat lots of pasta, loves bread and fruit. I would like to try other alternatives before I cut out her favorite foods.

We also have started taking her panties off at night to let her "air." She loves this, so hopefully that will also help.

I'll repost here in a few weeks to let everyone know how it is working out. I can't thank you all again!

Best regards, A.

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S.M.

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My 8 year has gotten them from birth until a few years back. We now have her eat yogart and if she starts complaining of any problems we add baking soda to her bath water. This has really helped her. Good luck.

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Hi A.:
Have you looked at her bubble bath? Sometimes girls, even women are sensitive to that. Will she take showers?

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T.Y.

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My mom told me that bubble bath could possibly be the cause of this, as my niece was having the same problem, when she used bubble bath in the tub.

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Hello A.,

This type of yeast infection is not vaginal in origin, it is intestinal, but will manifest vaginally because it lives in the colon, which is parallel to the vagina and the fungus migrates through the internal membranes, as well as migrating due to the close proximity of the anus to the vagina. The actual fungus is called Candida Albicans (do some internet research) and can be very difficult to get rid of. It is brought on by food allergys. It is painful, makes you feel like you have the flu and will eventually break out on the skin surface in an extremely painful rash if not stopped. You need to take your daughter to either Dr. Suzanne Mack or Dr. Linda Yeatts in Denton, because they are the only two doctors in the area that are familiar with Candida Albicans and how to effectively treat it. The first thing to do is change her diet: remove all sugars (and all derivitives thereof - a good substitute is Xylitol, do not use artificial sweetners); fruit & fruit juice (too much natural sugar); cow dairy (goat dairy is ok); all grains; and anything that contains yeast. The Candida Albicans fungus lives on sugars, all types, and cow dairy, and of course carbohydrates (grains) because your body converts them to sugar once consummed. I have had this fungus for many years and searched doctors until I was almost broke, and felt like I would have to improve to die, before finding Dr. Mack, who I must credit with saving my life. This fungus is very dangerous and aggressive and you must address it immediately.

If you would like to speak to me direct, I would be happy to visit via email or phone.

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A.I.

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I am curious as to does she take bubble baths? They say it is not good to sit in the bubbles that it can cause yeast infections.
Also someone had mentioned cranberry juice, it does work for bladder infections , but not yeast.
Yogurt is a very good form of the good bacteria and she should eat yogurt everyday it really helps or you can try a supplement called acidophilus .
Also you can cut back her yeast consumption such as breads and sweets and stuff like that.

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J.C.

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PROBIOTICS!!! The good bacteria in yogurt, but get some stronger stuff at the vitamin shop or health store. They have a children's powder version you can mix with juice or milk.

A lot of kids have a deficiency of these, esp. if they've been on antibiotics. In fact, I take probiotics myself every day but esp. after taking antibiotics because it causes yeast infections in me too. The good bacteria in your intestines help regulate bad bacteria such as yeast. If they are killed off and not replaced, the yeast gets out of control.

Hope that helps, no fun for your little girl.

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S.W.

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A.,

Have you tried probiotics. You can get them at Whole Foods in the Vitamin Section. There are even new probiotics made specially for kids that come in the form of milkshakes. Probiotics have been all over the news lately. Maybe you've heard about them. Basically they help minimize the overproduction of yeast in your body. I'm not sure if you watch OPRAH, but Doctor Oz swears by them, and so do I.

S.

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M.B.

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Give probiotics every day and cut out all sugar and white flour products. Yeast trives on sugar. I am diabetic and have a tendency to get yeast infections if I don't keep my sugar under control. Also if she has been given antibiotics that will cause yeast infections also due to they destroy the good bacteria in the system.

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E.F.

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My daughter at that age had that problem and it was caused from bubble baths. So I didn't give her so many bubble baths and it went away. Just a thought?

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D.W.

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Dear A., Sitting in the bath water may be the problem. You need either take you child in the shower with you or give her 'sink baths' any way that she does not sit in the water. She is sensitive. I went thru a string of yeast infections until I stopped soaking in the tub. Try this! D.

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T.B.

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Have you checked into her diet? Could be she is allergic to something. For me we found out if I consume too much milk it will trigger one. Hope this helps.

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B.H.

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Hi I have a 5 1/2 year old daughter and a 4 year old daughter and a 14 year old daughter. Their Docter says "No Bubble Bath" no scented lotion. Nothing with fragrence. I have stopped bubble bath and those little color tablets they sell for kids to color with and all infections have stopped! We are very happy!
Hope this helsp a little bit.
B. Hubbard

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B.B.

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My daughter had a lot of yeast infections. In reading your posting 2 things come to mind that helped my daughter.

1. Don't let her wear underwear to bed. And have her wear nightgowns verse PJ's. This helps the area stay dry. Yeast loves wet, moist areas. This really helped my daughter alot. If she is sleeping over at someones house we have her wear underwear, but at home she does not.

2. Taking a bath. She needs to take showers. It's harder, but it makes a big difference! Again, because yeast thrives in wet, moist areas. The bath just holds the wetness and moisture in that area.

Both of these made a huge difference in my daughter.

B.

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J.S.

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Yogurt is one of the tricks. You're obviously not getting it cleared up with the Monistat, so I would take her to the doc. This happened to me, & I had to take a pill to clear it up.

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M.B.

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Does she use antibacterial bath soap? That used to get me every time.

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V.T.

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It will help if she wipes from front to back,if not doing already. It may also help if she takes showers. It sounds as if you are doing a lot of the right things already. Yogurt is also a good food for preventing yeast infections. Cotton underwear and staying dry also helps

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S.

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Are you consulting with your pediatrician? She may have some very effective solutions. I think it is not normal and needs medical attention.

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S.M.

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I think you should take her to her pedi - have her tested for food allergies, and other issues. Has she ever tested "positive" for a yeast infection? It could be candida (a form of yeast) or even bacterial vaginosis (although i am not sure that is common in small children - but possible). Your dr can take a culture and see what the issue is. If it's not actually "yeast" - then you're just wasting your money w/ the monistat.

Also -- she could be allergic to the toilet paper. For a short time, I was having what I thought was a yeast infection (I had never had one before so wasn't sure) -- turns out I was getting major irritation from the toilet paper (perfumes/dyes) -- so now I only use store brand run of the mill toilet paper and have never had that problem agian.

Good luck to you and her!

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K.E.

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Looks like you have a world of good advice here. From my experience, sugar and wheat are usually the culprits. I'd get a good nutritionist involved. It is easy to find healthy ( not splenda or nutrasweet) substitutes for sugar, as well as wheat. My kid still has chocolate chip cookies and birthday cake. If you need the name of someone good, let me know and I'll email you privately.
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M.A.

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A.,
i have heard that eating yogurt for yeast infections, as long as your child is not allergic to milk products. And maybe no panties at night so she will air out and not get over heated, i know that getting hot in that area can cause infections, also sitting on leather furniture can make you sweat and get over heated in that area. I would also get a doctor to check her out to make sure that there is not anything else going on. I hope that this helps you and i hope that she gets some relief.
Wish you luck,
M. in irving,texas

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S.B.

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Get some pro-biotics in powder form from the health store and add to yogurt and have her eat that on a regular basis (One Dr. advised me Dannon is the best for regular store bought yogurt). Also, yeast feeds off sugar, so the healthier her diet the less her symptoms. I have dealt personally with yeast infections and will also recommend limiting her meats. This is not short term "fix" - it may end up a lifestyle.

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I.N.

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As I used to have the same problem let me share that it could be caused by lowered resistance in the body because of allergies. She might be eating foods she is "allergic" to. Since we all harbor candida a lowered resisance because of allergies to airborne and food allergies causes the yeast overgrowth.

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B.S.

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A.,
I was reading your email and I am wondering if your daughter is taking bubble baths....I have always heard when my daughter was little to only take clear baths....(also wipe from the front to the back.)
I am not a doctor, but I am also wondering if she should try eating more yogurt to keep a nice balance in her system....as well as plenty of water.

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S.W.

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I had a friend who had a daughter with the same thing- it wasn't her senstive skin. It was her diet! She was eating too much sugar for her system and the extra sugar in her body was a breeding ground for yeast. As soon as they took out all the extra sugars- she cleared up and stayed that way!

I would check your daughter's diet. What is she eating? I would remove any soda, cookies, sweet foods and high carb foods- like pasta and potatoes. Put her on proteins and vegies.

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B.S.

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You might try including yogurt in her daily diet. It contains "good" bacteria to combat the yeast.

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T.L.

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When my kids were babies, their yeast infections ended up being an allergy to wheat. It's hard to cut wheat out of a 5 year old's life, but it's definitely worth a try. Most kid snacks have wheat, but there are plenty of alternatives. When they couldn't have wheat, spelt was a great option. Whole Foods has many spelt snack options, pasta, pretzels, etc.
Hope this helps!

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T.B.

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My mother in law has to take showers instead of baths because whenever she takes a bath she gets an infection. Maybe your little girl could take showers instead of baths. And it helps to cut out the sugars. Hope that this helps, I know that they can be painful.

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L.H.

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A.-

I have 3 girls (2 older than yours, 1 younger)and I can honestly say that we have never had an issue like this. What kind of soap is she using when she bathes? As I child, I had a LOT of problems with soaps/bubble baths. The only bubble bath that I could use was the Avon kind. There are lots of natural options out there too. What does your pedi say? It might be worth a trip into the doc to get a Rx for Diflucan to really knock it out once and for all. It sounds to me like it is never really going away. I would also consider trying some probiotics for her to help get the yeast in her body under control.

Good Luck, HTH
L.

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V.H.

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Hi A., My name is V. Hanna, I'm married and a mother of a 20 years old daughter. Yeast overgrowth can effect the whole body. I had a fungus under my toe nails and had been treating it with over the counter drugs and it would never complete go away. My doctor explained to me it was yeast overgrowth and that's another way it shows up because, I had never had a vaginal yeast infection. It is suppose to be in your body but when it gets out of control that's how it can show up. Diet can affect it and so can antibiotics. My doctor gave me antifungal drugs by mouth it get rid of it. He is a great family practice doctor in the Rowlett area.
Dr. V. John Gonino
Gonino Wellness Group
5700 Rowlett Rd. Suite #120
Rowlett, Texas 75088
www.goninowellness.com
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I had been to other doctors before he is the first that was all about prevention and not just putting a bandaid on the problem. If you have any questions you can email me at [email protected]____.com

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S.S.

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Have her eat yogurt daily. I also use the plain yogurt and apply it as a cream instead of the Monostat. Make sure the yogurt does not have any sugar added. You can research natural cures on google for yeast infections and it has lots of great information. I started using the yogurt and it helped the same day with the discomfort.

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K.C.

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A.,
I would have your daughter cut out most of her sweets and let her eat a lot of yogurt. If you take acidolphus, it will cut down on the amount of yeast infections she has. I had chronic yeast infections until I started eating yogurt and taking acidolphus vitamins. You can get the chewable tablets at the health food store. My daughter has been on them since she was 4 and never has any problems.

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L.Z.

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It helps if she can eat lots and lots of yogurt! Other than that, it sounds like you are doing everything you can. Just take a look at her diet.

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S.G.

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Hi A.,
Looks like you've gotten some great advice already.
As far as the yeast problem the two things that keep showing up in the responses and I know from experience too, baths are not good, that can cause different kinds of infections besides the yeast problem, especially if there is anything in the water besides just water. YOGURT! Your daughter should eat yogurt every day. There is a natural bacteria in our gut that should be there, but when there is too much, we get a yeast infection. Even my son has gotten them. The last time was when he was on antibiotics when he we 10.
Stop baths and have her eat yogurt every day, it should help.
Good Luck and let us all know what happens.
Hope she's better soon.
S.

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J.W.

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Hello,
Is she using bubble bath when she baths? I know it would be difficult, but maybe try a shower for awhile.
If she's been on many antibiotics, that can cause it too. Maybe load her up on yogurt and go to a good health food store and get some acidolpholis. ( I don't know if I spelled that right.) I think you can get some that maybe you can "hide" in food. Also, make sure she is wiping front to back and maybe go without panties at night so she can "breathe."
J. W.

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A.K.

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I've found a great resource in stopyeast.com. It really does work- she may have a candida overgrowth for some reason (antibiotics are a major culprit).

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A.H.

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Hello A.,

My daughter (now 13) battled these a lot when she was younger. Our doctor told us not to use bubbles in her bath and to try to get her to take showers. He also told us not to drink anything with red die in it. Example the red koolaid drinks. He also recommended that she sleep without panties at night. She hasnt had one in years!

I hope that helps.

God Bless,
A.

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N.P.

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You've had lots of good suggestions here, but when people mention yogurt most are talking about the fruit and other flavored sugary stuff. Try to teach your daughter to like plain yogurt. It's a great source of acidophilous, protein and vitamins and people all over the world eat it but not the sugary sweet kind we Americans know. Even if you add a bit of your child's favorite jam to plain yogurt, it probably won't be as sweet as the manufactured kind. In our house we eat plain yogurt in our house almost every day and we love it with toasted whole grain bread. Maybe you won't have to go to the extreme of eliminating all yeast or all sugar from her diet, but plain yogurt would most likely be helpful. Good luck!

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C.B.

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Dear A.,
When my daughter was a toddler, she had something called Candida Albicans which looks like a yeast infection. Her doctor prescribed medication and advised me to let her, as much as possible, to go without any diaper. Fortunately, we lived in Flordia and had a swimming pool so it was easier than if we had to try to let her run around the house since she was not potty trained at the time. Also the sun seemed to help somewhat. I might also suggest that you discuss with your doctor about possible Diabeties...just to rule it out. Of course, no baths, trying Accidopholis, etc are all good advice.
Good luck.

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T.L.

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Try showers instead of baths. Also try Acidophilus found in the vitamin section along with yogart once or twice a day. My daughter loves Yoplait Orange Cream and the Strawberry/Banana Smoothie.
Good luck!!!!!!!!!

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J.H.

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dO YOU USE BUBBLES OR ANYTHING WITH THE BATH i HAVE HEARD THAT CAN CAUSE YEAST INFECTION. HAS SHE BEEN ON ANY ANTIBOTICS, THIS CAN CAUSE IT. HAVE HER EAT YOGURT ETC.

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L.M.

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Hi A.,
My name is L., and I also have a daughter that is five, and has had the same problem. Stop giving her baths and switch to showers. As soon as we did that the yeast infections stopped. She still gets them once in a while, but not all the time. Also make sure she is wiping correctly. I thought I had taught Katie well, but then found out not so much. The baths my doctor told me were not good for little girls who have problems with infections. It is the soap, and no bubble baths. Now I let Katie take a bat about 1 a month. Let me know if you have any questions, like I said we had to deal with that a lot. I hope this helps.

Best Wishes,
L. Mehl

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M.S.

answers from Dallas on

Have her eat yogart with active cultures.

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A.E.

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drink cranberry juice

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S.D.

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I'm not sure if anyone has said so yet but my doctor always said to watch out for bubble baths or other perfumed or chemical's in the bath. They promote infection.
The sugar's are a fact and you should look at her diet carefully. You will be surprised if you decide to curb that and add the good flora in the gut.

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A.H.

answers from Dallas on

A.,
My child had this issue. As soon as we started her on probiotics you can get at Whole Foods, it went away. I just put 1/2 teaspoon in milk once a day. I hope this helps.

A.

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A.B.

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Dear A.,
I saw your message and had to reply.
I was born with candida yeast infection. All my adult life, I've experimented with solutions to minimize my exposure to yeasts (there are several kinds). Finally, I found a book, The Yeast Connection by William G. Crook, MD, that tells how yeast occurs naturally in nature and that yeast imbalance in the body is an immune problem. It thrives in the digestive tract beginning with what you eat and is an essential component when in balance. Out of balance, it is a real and long-lasting health problem, especially if your daughter ever has to take antibiotics. My best advice is to locate an allergist in your town to test for and treat allergens in order to strengthen your daughter's immune system. God bless.
(PS. If you are unable to locate Dr. Crook's book, you may be able to find advice on his website. His book really is the best to have.)

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A.M.

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Maybe the topical isn't enough. Ask your doctor about diflucan which is a pill for yeast that you only take one time. I don't know about giving it to children but your doctor would know.

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C.M.

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There is a liquid pediatric Diflucan available by prescription. You may want to ask your doctor about using it.
C. M

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K.S.

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Try adding yogurt to her diet daily. There is a bacteria in yogurt that helps to regulate the body's levels and cut down on the yeast infections.

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S.C.

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I know you have heard this before but it sounds like her diet is the reason she is having these infections. Adding yogurt and reducing the sugar and yeast foods from her diet should provide some releive. What has her ped. said about this happening so often?
My OB told me not to wash with soap everyday in that area. Just rinse well with water and wash only when necessary. It helps to keep the proper balance of buggies in the area.
I wish you luck!

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E.H.

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Good Morning,

My daughter is know 12 years old. I went thru the same thing. The doctor took away baths. She only takes showers. Also took away bubble bath products and soaps because they have perfrume in them. I was told to use Aveno or soaps with oatmeal in them. And we havent really had them anymore if we do its very rare. I hope this helps out. God Bless

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J.M.

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I am not 5 y/o or do I have girls. BUT I went thru ten years of chronic yeast infections and I know its more than you want to know ha ha but maybe my experience may be of some help. I thought I was losing my mind. They (the dr's) suggested that I may even have HIV, that really freaked me out. But it turned out that I was mildedly allergic to latex and band aids. So this was during my late teens and 20's so you know I am saying I was sexually active. But anyway I then stopped having sex until marriage (which wasnt a bad thing) but it helped and stopped them completely. Well then, it started again and found out it was because of the panties I had had latex and/or man made fabric nylon ect in the crotch area and it started again. So I have had to go to total cotton ONLY cotton, and go with total white so that way they are washed in hot water and bleach. And also just like a toothbrush have to throw them out and get new ones.
I know its totally personal, but this was my experience thought I would share. I hope it is an allergy and not something else. Good luck on your venture to freedom from this.
J.

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M.M.

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My 2 yeasr old has been going through the same thing! We went to an allergist and had her candida levels checked (see how much yeast she stores in her body). We found out that she is actually allergic to yeast. We cut it out of her diet (sounds harder than it is) and she has not had one since. He also prescribed some anti-fungal meds to take daily for the yeast that we run into in the air, foods not labled and such. It has changed her for the better. She is no longer getting yeast infections, doesnt have sensitive skin anymore, has a better attitude and personality and even developed cognitivly (sp?).
Good luck!
ps you have to avoid sugar! Even in yogurt...

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B.P.

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How much cola-colored soft drinks does she drink in an average day/week? I don't know that you'd be letting her have that much. Maybe instead of using monistat, you might try giving her activia or yoplus daily. This kind of infection/infestation is often best treated from the inside out. Treating the external resulting infection is just treating a symptom -- not the root cause. Good Luck.

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L.D.

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I'm a pediatric nurse. Has she been checked for diabetes if not have her checked to rule it out. What type of soap is she using? Dove is good for sensitive skin but don't use bubble bath it can be very irritating.

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A.J.

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Does she use bubble bath in her bath water? Try no bubble bath and see if that works better. Some girls have to take showers to keep this from happening. If it continues even with no bubble bath or with showers only, the next time it occurs take her to the Dr. immediately.

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M.E.

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Yeast, fungus, warts, Candida, etc. are symptoms of an unbalanced intestine.

I advise an oral dose of the good bacteria for the intestine. I choose tiny Optiflora pearls because they are guaranteed with delivery of the 'good guys' LIVE in the intestine which make the extremely effective. (Most brands only guarantee LIVE good guys in the bottle.) They are safe and have been given to babies’ only days old with thrush or skin conditions.

If she is not able to take pills, you can soften the pearl and put the little white sac in applesauce or yogurt. This eliminates the full coating protection for intestine delivery but it will be beneficial. You can find a Shaklee rep at www.Shaklee.com. She may also benefit from Citriboost. It contains acidophilus and multi-vitamins/minerals and is mixed with oj or drink of choice. Citriboost must be refrigerated once opened.

If you want to purchase at a health store, ask for a good acidophilus product (it will probably be in the refrigerator section). If the good bacteria do not clear up the infection, there is the prescription Diflucan but it is normally only prescribed for 18 year and older; you will need to ask your doctor.

Any questions about this health issue, contact me via www.HRev.com or [email protected]____.com.

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D.D.

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A. B, Are you shampooing your daughter's hair in the tub? My granddaughter had the same problem. Her doc recommended NOT washing her hair at the same time as she bathed or at the very least, doing so at the very end, so she wasn't sitting in the soapy water. She hasn't had a single infection since she started washing her hair in the shower, rather than the tub.

Deb D in Keller (Grannie Bebe)

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R.B.

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My daughter also had terrible yeast infections with discharge and then it started covering her legs. We tried several things even went to a more natural oriented doctor who specialized in treating yeast infections. He put her on Caprylic Acid and took her off all sugar and fruit. It was really hard to eat that way and it only helped a little. I also had yeast infections but not as bad as hers because she had been on more antibiotics than i had. Anyway to make a long story short several years later I finally found the answer. This product educates the immune system as well as boosts it. Every thing else just seems to cover up the symptoms temporarily but never gets to the root cause.Check it out at www.clive.my4life.com

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S.M.

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Limit sugar and juices as yeast feeds on sugar.

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K.K.

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Probiotics are a great place to start. There are so many types and forms that you will find one she will take easily. I give them to my 2 & 3 year old daily; and I double up when on antibiotics...very important. I get ours from Mike's Health Collection...love that store...they are so helpful.

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E.L.

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Does your daughter have signs anywhere else?(tongue, nose, ears) Has she taken antibiotics of anykind? Sounds like she has a systemic case and needs to be treated orally. Little girls are not the only ones to get this. Boys can have cronic cases too.

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B.V.

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Try giving her yogurt twice a day and cut back on yeast bread.
B.

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T.F.

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Sometimes taking a bath can cause yeast infections, my friends daughter goes though this same thing. If she takes a bath afterwards she has to stand up and wash herself with a shower, and only washes with Ivory soap, it's pure and doesn't have any harsh chemicals. Also cranberry juice is also good for preventing yeast infections. I hope this helps some.

T.

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N.H.

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First, if she uses bubble bath, try changing it.. use baby soap (it makes bubbles too) and hit the vitamin store and get some probiotics (they come in capsule form) Theyve helped me tons! (You can get them at GNC for like $12)

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D.M.

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A., I had chronic yeast infections after the birth of my second child. I had to get yeast out of my diet to finally put an end to them. That means nothing with vinegar (salad dressings, condiments, pickles, etc), no yeast breads, no cheeses. Also, refined sugars have to be eliminated and natural sugars limited, since sugar makes yeast grow. It's not easy, but it's SOOO worth it to not have the yeast infections any more! You can make salad dressings and sandwich spreads without vinegar. Also, some allergy doctors can provide you with "antigens" for candida. Check with the ones near you.

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J.I.

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My dd used to get them all the time. We had to stop the baths. Bubble baths are a huge no-no. Then the regular bath caused them as well. The doctor told us it is the sitting in warm water that was one of the problems. She also said she needs to bath daily, they get sweaty and nasty at that age. We also started giving her yogurt once a day.

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J.G.

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I am the mother of 3 girls and the grandmother of seven, 4 girls and 3 boys. I also have an in home daycare.

Your little girl may have an imbalance of "good" yeast.
Eating yogurt daily will help.
One of my granddaughters has a problem with month ulcers [can be caused by yeast imbalance] when she eats yogurt daily, they go away.
Also
You did not indicate if you used bubble bath when you bathe her. Bubble bath can cause irritation and yeast infections.

Eating yogurt will also help control yeast infections and loose bowels that can be brought on by some antibiotics.

I hope this helped
J.

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L.S.

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If you daughter takes bubble baths stop them and only use Dial bath soap with her.

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A.H.

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My daughter got them pretty bad too around that age. Her pediatrician told us absolutely no more sit down baths. That can cause the infection in younger girls. It worked. She hardly got them after switching to stand up baths. I hope this helps.

A.

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H.Z.

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Does your daughter eat a lot of sugar? I have known of someone who went through this and her Dr. checked her glucose levels and felt that too much sugar intake was causing the yeast infections. To prevent further infection and the on set of diabetes they cut back on sugar and it really seemed to work.

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M.E.

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Have you had her blood sugars tested? Could be that she is a diabetic.

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V.Y.

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I also suffer from chronic yeast infections. My doctor told me to be sure that the panties I wear are 100% cotton because they breath better. He also said to try to limit the amount of yeast in my diet. I've done both of these and had some success but I have ended up not wearing panties at all and lose fitting pants. I have not had a yeast infection in all of the months I have been doing this. I hope this helps

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M.W.

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A., God forbid that this is the answer, but I must suggest having the pediatrician check her blood sugar. I know a young girl who had this problem for several years and it got quite severe. It turned out she was diabetic. I pray this is not the answer for you but I think it bears investigation. Sorry to deliver such a horrible idea.

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D.W.

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You are doing all the right things. I use to sell anti-fungals. I think Nizoral Cream is over the counter now. That last longer. Often chronic yeast infections come from the absence of good bacteria. I battled the same issue until I got on probiotics.

I am a nutraceutical consultant and I have addressed the issue with other clients. My company does have probiotics in our children's vitamins, but you can try yogurt with probiotics or other products.

Make sure she cleans the tub well too. Yeast love to hang around warm moist areas. My kids transferred an infection to each, because they did not clean the tub well. Always, also check with a physician if you have not yet. There are some diseases that make people more prone to chronic yeast infections. Finally, yeast love sugar. Check for hidden sugars in your daughters diet.

Regards,

D. W., MBA, NC, CTLC

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D.L.

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Hi A. -

You may want to try cutting out some of the foods high in yeast (breads, white rice, potatoes). Also what I've done with my daughter who is now a teenager is get her to eat yogurt. There are many different kind to choose from, there's bound to be one she likes. Try to get her to eat a cup atleast twice a week.

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T.S.

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Have you had her checked for dibetes I granddaughter was doing the same thing at the age of six was found at that time with dibetes. She is now twelve and doing well

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M.L.

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Try letting her drink cranberry juice and also eat some yogurt.
I had bad yeast infection and a nurse suggested the above to me. They worked!!!
MYL

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M.G.

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I have never experienced this. I do not know if a child can take this, but when I do get a yeast infection as an adult, I take acidoupolus. The Flower Mound Herbal Pharmacy owner is a very knowledgable pharmacist. He may know or carry something that your little sweetie can take being she is so young. The store is located in the shopping center just east of Braums of 1171. It faces 1171, it may not be called that anymore I just have always called it that becuase that is what I have always known it as. But you can't miss it over there. I hope this helps and I hope that this is something she can take. M. G

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J.D.

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Hello,

My 5-year-old hasn't had a yeast infection, but she's constantly irritated and stays red in that area. We have switched to showers most days of the week and that has helped. I use Hydrocortisone (per our doc) like every few days and it has made a big difference.

Hope this helps.

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D.H.

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Have you had the yeast infection diagnosed by a physician? If not, that should be your first step. He or she may prescribe and antifungal cream or ointment.

It is possible her daily bath is part of the problem. Don't use any bubble baths or oils, as they can be very irritating to the skin. Also take a look at what you are using for cleaning up after toilet use. Consider using a squirt bottle of clean water to rinse her skin, then gently pat dry with a cotton towel that has been washed in a mild detergent and dried without fabric softener.

Take a close look at her diet as well. Sugars feed the yeast. Eliminate as many refined sugars and carbohydrates as possible from her diet. Also consider supplimenting her diet with live culture yogurt and/or a probiotic supplement with live cultures. Some pharmacies stock these as do health food stores. Many are stored in a refridgerated case.

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M.W.

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I'd try probiotics. I had chronic yeast as a child b/c I was on antibiotics regularly. Now, at 43, it's still a problem. In addition to over-the-counter probiotics (Good Earth makes a great one), which a 5 year old probably couldn't swallow (literally), yogurt is extremely effective. topically and internally. A suggestion: get a large container of plain yogurt - make sure it has active cultures. Every night as a treat, mix about 1/2 c. plain yogurt with about the same amount of milk. Then flavor it with ovaltine or something (hopefully something that doesn't have much sugar. Sugar is a major contributor to yeast problems). If she drinks a little yogurt milkshake every night, she'll probably sleep well and the yeast should get much better quickly.

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P.E.

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A.,
I too have a daughter with sensitive skin you didn't mention what kind of soap sh uses with her bath but if my daughter uses anything with perfumes or scents she gets irritated. Also with laundry soap and fabric softners so if you are using sensitive skin soap in these areas I would suggest giving her lots and lots of yogurt. As we women know yogurt is a good natural alternative for yeast infections also you might go to a vitamin store and look into acidophillus(Ingredient in yogurt) supplements for kids because sometimes we have to start internally if externally doesn't work. Good luck. P.

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A.T.

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Hi A., I go to pharmacy school and just yesterday we were talking about this. It seems that this problem usually occurs when young girls have on their panties or tight clothes at all times... OR they have been touched inappropriately (which I hope isn't the problem.) What I would suggest is when you put her pj's on her at night, make her take off the panties and put on pj bottoms (very loosely fitting), it helps a lot when she's able to breathe, and when she doesn't have something always covering up her private parts. Panties are good but shouldn't be worn all the time because of the lack of air. It is important that a girls private parts air out. I'd give this a try and make sure that it's followed through, I hope that this helps. IF it doesn't this is a serious problem and should really be checked out further by the doctor. Please don't let this go on much longer without talking to her doctor. If you already have, maybe you should switch because it sounds like something else is happening on the inside that is not seen.
Thank you for reading my advice. Good luck.

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R.A.

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Hi. It sounds like you are doing everything right externally. Have you considered her diet? I ask because I know that yeast thrives on simple carbohydrates, especially sugar. She may be sensitive to sugar. Something that has always helped my 2-year-old (and me) is to consume a lot of yogurt that contain probiotics (live active cultures). Caution, most mainstream yogurt contains a lot of sugar, which doesn't help the problem. Check Yoplait's label and you will find that the 2nd ingredient is high fructose corn syrup. To dilute the amount of sugar without losing flavor, mix your flavored yogurt with half plain yogurt. Also, Target's Archer Farm brand yogurt contains real sugar, instead of the high fructose kind.

Hope this helps - R., McKinney, TX

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S.S.

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I don't know if this will help but maybe if you try to not let her eat yeastie foods like bread or tortillas. The doctors told me that my daughter is getting diaper rashes which some are a form of yeast infection as well. To try to keep her away from eating bread and yeast contained foods. Plus I use dove soap. I've used it for years and it is so sensitive to my skin that I recommend it to all girls! But why not try her on showers too maybe her skin is too sensitive for baths!
I feel so bad for her and I know you are too! Sometimes they can hurt and get annoying. My heart goes to you and your daughter! I hope that my thoughts will work in some way! Good Luck!

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S.W.

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A., yogurt contains a live organism called acidolpholus. You can find it in tablet form at your health food store. Spring Valley is a brand I purchased from Eckerds. The tablets are the size of a tylenol. I take it as a daily supplement. I have not had a yeast infection in years, even after taking antibiotics. Yougurt is also a great, natural alternative for Monistat. It is used the same way. Takes less time to go away too. Also there is something else that is better than soap and that is glycerin bars by Pear's. Oils are used for scents, there are no harsh chemicals and it leaves your skin moursturized and not dried out. I beleive in and utilize natural products.

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H.G.

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A.,
Does your daughter like yogurt?
If she does I would highly suggest she eat one every morning and again at night.
It sounds like she has an imbalance in her body and does not produce enough good bacteria to combat yeast infections. There is good bacteria in yogurt which will help with this.
You can also try giving her acidophilus pills which you should be able to buy at any pharmacy or Natural Food store.
Good Luck.
H.

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A.F.

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give her yogurt. it will cure those pesky infections. at least 2 0r 3 a day. hope it helps

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L.R.

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The bath itself can cause problems, you might consider showers. Baths can throw off her ph balance. Also, too much sugar in her diet gives the yeast a good chance to grow.

L.

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B.F.

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I get irritated if I take bathes. What about changing to showers instead? Also have u tried any acidophillis?

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E.R.

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As an Adult, I've been having the same problem. I get what I think is a yeast infection, treat it, and irritation goes away, then a few weeks later it's back. I finally went to the doctor adn it turned out to be a bacteria infect rather than a yeast infection. They gave me a topical antibiotic cream and it went away.

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T.C.

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I used to have a similar issue and have had a lot of luck with making a couple changes that might help you. I have done some Yeast cleanses that you can buy online. Tri-Lac is a good one, but you may have to do some research to adjust this type of thing for children. Basically, it's a pre-measured powder that you put on your tongue and swallow followed by a glass of water. It has a pleasant lemon taste. Also, eliminate/drastically reduce sugar as sugar feeds yeast. Cut from her diet all yeast, gluten, wheat, dairy and sugar. The yeast cleanse will make a HUGE difference. I haven't had an infection in over a year. And I'm not as good about the dietary changes that I recommended.
Good luck!
T.

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M.G.

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I think everyone has some good suggestions. If the situation is chronic I would take her to the ped so that they can rule out sometime else causing the problem and so that the two of you can work on a plan of action and follow up if the situation does not improve. You might just be treating the symptoms and not the true problem.

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W.L.

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I am not a doctor, though I play one at home!! LOL I would suggest stopping the bath everyday. My five year old hates a shower, so we now have a hand held shower handle so that we can rinse without splashing the eyes. My daughter gets yeast infections, though not near as often as your daughter. Also, I would try to incorporate yogurt with live active cultures into her diet daily.

Most importantly, however, with chronic yeast infections (and I think the fact that they are reoccurring monthly might qualify them as chronic) I would most definitely schedule an appointment with her pediatrician, as their could be other issues at hand.

I would also LOVE to hear how things were resolved and what worked for your daughter...ya know like a follow-up visit with your doctor, it helps to keep my medicinal skills honed!! LOL Best of luck!

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E.P.

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A., looks like you have received lots of great responses, but I did want to add my experience with this. I have had this issue with my 5 year old son, started when he was about 2 months old. After several attempts at treating as just "normal" yeast infections, we finally did some bloodwork. After a million & one tests, it was finally discovered that his immune system, part of the t-cells, are missing and that is the part that aids the body in fighting off yeast. The full name is lengthy, usually referred to as CMC. It is very rare. Right now we are very fortunate, as we have very little activity with it lately. When we do however, it is straight to the Diflucan. When he was younger he was on a daily maintenance dose, but we have been able to back off of that a bit.
Of course this may not be your daughter's issue at all, but I would certainly explore all avenues.
good luck to you!

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M.C.

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granddaughter dhad this when she was small doc finally decided acid something any way she drank cranberry juice and it helped her.

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C.D.

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My daughter had the same problem at age 3. But Monistat is not the right medicine. There is a gel in the pharmacies that is homeopatic, that clears it up without all the harshness. Organic yoghurt (ingested), lots of fruits with Vitamin C, lots of unsweetened fluids (plain water) or fluids with electrolites (Pedialite) if she is very active.
Hope she gets better.

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E.A.

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Hello, My 4 yr old daughter has the same problem but I was never advise to use monistat. her condition seems to improve when I wash her area with warm water and vinegar (doctor recomended)daily, at least the odor and the itching go away for a while. I have taken her to so many doctors and it seems that there is no magic cure. I was told that the yeast infection can be control but not cure( means that it would came back).When her itching gets bad i use nystatin cream and it helps. Doctor said its normal for some girls to have this problem.

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