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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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  • nandutu R February 3, 2017, 11:21 pm

    My 5yr old kid coplains of stomach ache, headache , joints pain doctor says it is rheumatoid arthritis but all medication has failed he is still in pain, could n’t this be a symptom of candida over growth because before I gave birth to him I had candida overgrowth which I realized after giving birth to what should I do to help him?

    • Bonnie | ProvenNutritionForKids February 7, 2017, 1:31 pm

      Hi Nandutu,
      Candida can indeed present itself in a variety of symptoms and can look different from person to person. Giving him a solid foundation of natural nutrition supplements can indeed help, whether he has candida or not. The body can begin to heal itself once it gets an influx of solid nutrients and vitamins. My suggested starting place would be Shaklee’s Incredivites and their Optiflora probiotic–both given daily. You can view and order these products here. If you are in India, check back soon as we are working on getting these products available for our numerous India-based families.

  • Maryam September 2, 2016, 3:06 am

    Hi I’m contacting about my son I believe he has a yeast overgrowth he climbs on things and stays in the fridge looking for juice or anything sweet. I want to heal him from this because it’s stopping his learning and now he is showing autism like behavior also wanted to mention he has frequent ear infections and had to take antibiotics for ten days shortly after stimming began

    • Bonnie | ProvenNutritionForKids September 2, 2016, 4:18 am

      Yes, a yeast overgrowth can wreak havoc in the body and “present” itself as numerous seemingly unrelated issues. It does sound as though he may be struggling with an imbalance in his gut. If you check out our Kids’ Symptom Assessment, this is truly the best tool to use to get a more specific starting place and guidance on what to do to help him. Thanks for your comment!

    • ALI ALI September 4, 2016, 5:44 pm

      Hello Mariam and Bonnie
      You said your kid shows autism behavior,, so how sure you are he is not autistic and how you tell the different between his behavior and autism behavior? the reason for my questions is my kid develop some behaviors and i can’t tell the different.

  • nicole p January 22, 2016, 1:49 am

    My son is chronically sick has eczema food allergies to name a few things no diaper rash or anything like that that would suggest a yeast infection that area he has had thrush he is almost 2 years old what are some things I could do help with overgrowth of yeast in his gut he’s also very picky eater and unfortunately eat a lot of carbs

  • Pam November 16, 2015, 3:08 pm

    I am having some issues with my now 1 year old today. I have some questions about giving him the shaklee.

    • Bonnie | ProvenNutritionForKids November 16, 2015, 5:20 pm

      Hi Pam, Yes, feel free to either email me or send a question through our comment form. I’d be happy to help you if I can!

  • Stacey October 26, 2015, 9:59 am

    Hi there, I have two children who at the age of six months a milk alongside other common food allergies came along fast and strong. As I was breastfeeding these foods had to be completely wiped out of my diet. Now 18 months and 3 are still very sensitive to anything dairy and have flare ups of eczema! What would you recommend? I use only natural/herbal remedies. do you have any recommendations?

  • 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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