Thrush Candidiasis and Yeast Infections in Children

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Candidiasis, sometimes called moniliasis or a "yeast infection," is an infection caused by yeast on the skin and/or mucous membranes.

  • Although yeast is normally a harmless inhabitant of the digestive system and vaginal area, it may cause an infection when the skin is damaged, when conditions are warm and humid or when your child has a depressed immune system.
  • Antibiotics can also cause yeast to grow, because the normal bacteria in tissues are killed, letting the yeast grow unhampered.
  • When candidiasis occurs in the mouth, it is called thrush.
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