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Does My Child Have A Yeast Overgrowth?

What is a Yeast Overgrowth?

A yeast overgrowth (or candidiasis) is in reference to a bacterial imbalance down in the gut (or lower intestine). It is actually something that is quite common and easily proliferated by the standard American diet and medical prescriptions used today.

The most common yeast is called Candida Albicans and actually exists in the intestinal tract of every human being. It shares a home there with the healthier microorganisms and bacteria, called probiotics. Health challenges arise when the bacterial balance is thrown off and the candida growth is not kept in check. Usually this is triggered by the overuse or misuse of prescription antibiotics and/or steroids.

If this overdevelopment continues, then it can lead to what’s called a “leaky gut.” The Candida Albicans can actually eat holes through the lining of the lower intestine, allowing toxins to re-enter the bloodstream and wreak havoc in other parts of the body.

The Candida Growth Cycle

Children are naturally born with a leaky gut which exists up until about six months of age. This is why pediatricians will recommend holding off on giving certain foods too early (ie. foods that could introduce potential allergens into their system). Their digestive and detoxification systems are still developing.

Candida Yeast Overgrowth

Common Symptoms of Yeast Overgrowth (Candidiasis) in Kids:

  • Frequent ear infections
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Allergy symptoms (environmental or food-related)
  • Weight gain and/or obesity
  • Low energy
  • Craving sweets/breads/pasta
  • Use of prescribed antibiotics and/or steroids
  • frequent infections and/or illness
  • Eczema/skin issues
  • Food sensitivities

The above list is not exhaustive, and not all symptoms need to be present to have a candida issue. However, if even a handful of symptoms are present in your kids, it is worth taking a closer look.

What’s A Parent To Do?

Certainly, an overgrowth of candida is not something that you just “wait out” or hope that it will go away on it’s own. Candida albicans will only continue to grow out of control if not specifically targeted for a length of time.

We have a specific anti-candida program–put together by a certified nutritionist–that we use with families to help their kids get back in balance. Coincidentally, when the balance in the bacteria is restored, the health symptoms typically subside and go away.

An anti-candida nutritional program is not one that you should attempt on your own. It is most effective when someone with experience can walk alongside you and guide you in what to do next.

If you suspect that your child has an issue with candida, the next step is to contact us right away.  We will be able to help guide you so that you see results quickly.

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  • Nichole May 15, 2015, 7:29 am

    My 11 month old has a gastro bug in feb. And has had problems since. Diarreah-4 non solid large bowl movements a day since February. Reacuring diaper rash a small one under her armpit that won’t go away. Fussy and angry most of the day. Screams when put to bed wakes up screaming multiple times a night for a week now. Woke up with mucus in her stool this morning. Could her intestines be messed from that bug and never healed resulting in yeast overgrowth? Been to Drs twice now suspecting lactose intolerance. Don’t know what to do. Something is wrong she’s in pain and sick all the time now.

    • Bonnie | ProvenNutritionForKids May 19, 2015, 1:38 am

      Hi Nichole, thanks for your message and question. I can’t say for sure if it is a yeast overgrowth, but it definitely sounds like some lingering issues going on. The great thing about the natural nutrition approach (even with very young ones) is that you can always try several things and not be concerned about side effects. Nutritional support only always helps. I love that. In your daughter’s case, there are several natural things you could try that could have a very positive effect at helping give her some digestive/intestinal support. The main one would be Shaklee’s Optiflora system–this is, without question, one of the most powerful and effective intestinal support products I’ve seen. I would start her on a double dose for about a week to see if the situation improves. You can get the product here from our site: http://provennutritionforkids.myshaklee.com/us/en/shop/healthysolutions/digestive/product-_p_optiflora_p_

  • Michelle E. November 13, 2014, 8:00 pm

    My 18 old has had 5 yeast infection still birth please help

    • Bonnie | ProvenNutritionForKids November 21, 2014, 2:57 am

      Hi Michelle, I am assuming you mean “18 month old”? That is indeed a lot of yeast issues in a short amount of time. There are several easy things that can be done at this age to help turn the health issues around. If you would like to chat further about what to do for your child, please contact me with a personal message through our site. I will get back to you right away! Thanks for your comment!

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