About 75% of all females get a yeast infection at some point in their lives but do you know that little girls are at risk just the same as teenage and adult women? Yes, they are not yeast infection proof.
My friend’s 6 year old daughter got infected. Based on our discussions, this was not her first infection. I was surprised, after all she is only 6 and if that wasn’t her first then how young was she when she started having yeast infections? I say all this to say that, you may take it for granted that your little girl is shielded from yeast infections, when she actually isn’t. Even with the greatest care, as is the case with my friend’s daughter, your girly girl can still become infected, so listen up.
It’s also worthy to mention that as girls mature and go through puberty, hormonal changes can make them more susceptible to yeast infections — sometimes girls get yeast infections right before their menstrual periods. Young girls who haven’t gone through puberty yet are less likely to get yeast infections, but they can occur.
Medically known as vulvovaginal candidiasis, a yeast infection is generally caused by an overgrowth of candida in the vagina.
Vaginal yeast infections can cause pain, itching, redness, a thick white vaginal discharge, pain during urination, and sometimes whitish patches on the skin of the vaginal area.
How to prevent or minimize yeast infection
In most cases, yeast infections can be prevented by using unscented soap and avoiding vaginal sprays or douches. For some girls, certain bath gels, lotions, or laundry detergents lead to irritation that can foster a yeast infection. So it’s a good idea to buy mild and fragrance-free bath and cleansing products for your daughter.
It can also help to make sure your daughter wears cotton underwear or underwear with a cotton crotch that won’t trap moisture or block air circulation. And have her avoid clothing that’s too tight or made of materials like nylon that can trap heat and moisture (such as tight jeans, nylon underwear, and pantyhose). After swimming or exercising in tight nylon clothing, she should quickly change out of the wet or damp gear and into dry clothing.
So if your young daughter complains of itching or discomfort in her vaginal area, it’s important to talk with her doctor who can prescribe a vaginal cream, pill, or suppository that will quickly clear up the symptoms in a few days and the infection within a week.
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