What is Yeast Infection?
Yeast infection specifically refers to Candida Albicans, a type of mold that typically lives harmlessly in our bodies. In fact, a lot of different harmful bacteria and fungi typically shares our body with us.
The reason why we don’t get killed by these harmful germs is because our body has good bacteria protecting us, along with our immune system. The good bacteria isn’t really protecting us, but it’s preventing bad germs from taking too much territory on our body and eating us alive.
That’s why for those who are overly obsessed with cleaning themselves or their babies too much will often find rashes or some other kinds of skin problems. What they are doing is simply cleaning out most of the good bacteria so that bad germs can literally freely terrorize the open areas on their bodies.
Babies have a naturally weak immune system, so if you use something that destroys good bacteria that protects her, then it will be possible for her to suffer yeast infection.
What are the types of imbalances?
Babies are barely being protected by their newly formed immune system along with the good bacteria that’s covering all over their body. If either of these are destroyed, then there will be a high possibility for your baby to develop a yeast infection or some other kind of problem.
One of the main culprits is antibiotics. Antibiotics is used to kill harmful bacteria when people get sick. It’s the medicine that your family doctor often prescribes to you when you are sick. However, antibiotics are often misused because most often colds are caused by viruses, which can not be destroyed by antibiotics.
If the mother was taking too many antibiotics during her pregnancy, then most of her baby’s good bacteria could’ve been destroyed, leaving her baby defenseless against yeast infection.
The other possibility is if the baby took too many antibiotics after she was born, which ends with exact same result. The last possibility is if the mother was taking a lot of antibiotics while breastfeeding her baby.
A mother’s breast milk contains some of her blood, so the antibiotics she took will transfer directly to her baby.
Where does yeast infection typically occur?
Typically yeast infection can occur in any place with plenty of warmth, and moisture. It typically lives in the mouth, intestines, folds of the skin, and vagina.
That’s why if your baby has thrush, a type of yeast infection in the mouth, which develops noticeably painful white patches, then it’s also possible for the yeast infection to develop on her butt.
The most important reason this happens is because yeast can stick to the food your baby eats or drinks, and travel all the way out of the butt as poop.If you don’t perform diapers changes frequent enough, the yeast in the poop will have plenty of time to develop painful diaper rashes.
Can Yeast Be Prevented?
No. It’s just like how you can’t prevent yourself from coming into contact with germs everyday, yeast can not be avoided. It’s practically everywhere.
However, most of the times, you can prevent it from causing damage by doing the right things like avoiding using too many antibiotics, and changing your baby’s diapers more often.
A lot of babies have yeast on them and never suffer from problems caused by yeast infection.
Is Yeast Infection Harmful?
No. It’s simply extremely painful. It usually goes away by itself after your baby is fully potty trained. The reason is because the diaper is no longer there to trap the moisture so the yeast will be less likely to live as long your baby has an intact immune system. In other words, air and dryness is your friend when it comes to fighting diaper rashes.
If your baby has diaper rashes caused by yeast infection, then let her go diaper free for a while so that her butt can breath some air, and the rashes should be less severe.
Potty training your baby early also does good for the environment while reducing the amount of disposable diapers in the landfills. As for those who use cloth diapers, it reduces the amount of water and electricity that you are wasting to wash the cloth diapers.
Is There Any Cream or Ointment that Can Be Used For Diaper Rashes?
There are antifungal cream available on the market, but then again, you should ask your doctor first before attempting to try anything.