Treatments for Thrush Candidiasis and Yeast Infections in Children

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What treatments are available for candidiasis?

Candidiasis is highly treatable. Possibilities include:

  • Yeast infections in the vagina or anus can be treated with medicated suppositories.
  • Thrush may be treated with a medicated mouthwash or lozenges that dissolve in the mouth.
  • Severe infection or infections in an immuno-compromised child may be treated with oral anti-yeast medications.

Tips for caring for an infant with thrush

Some things to keep in mind:

  • A breastfeeding mother may also need to be treated if she has a fungal infection on her breasts. This will help decrease the chance of re-infecting the infant.
  • Keep your child's diaper area clean and dry. Let your child's bottom be exposed to air for approximately 15 minutes, several times throughout the day.
  • A simple yet often effective treatment is with a purple medication called gentian violet, which is painted inside the baby's mouth.
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