What you should
know to treat candida in children.
When you come into the world your digestive system is
totally sterile, nothing lives there. No candida in children,
bacteria, yeast or viruses are present. As you pass through the
vaginal canal you swallow vaginal fluids that contain good
Then usually the first thing you do, after the doctor and
nurse get done messing with you, is suckle at your mothers
breast. The first thing you receive from that breast for the
first 24 to 48 hours is colostrum, which is loaded full of
antibodies and growth factors to jump start your immune system.
This colostrum also coats the lining of the intestine and
allows that bacteria you swallowed to attach to the intestinal
walls and set up huge colonies. These colonies become your
first line of defense against bad bacteria, viruses, parasites,
yeasts and microbes that can make you sick.
After that first 24 to 48 hours the milk begins to flow. It
contains all the antibodies that the mother has in her body
along with more good bacteria and fat that helps build those
colonies. Hopefully your mother is not deficient in good
bacteria and is healthy so you can get these immune stimulating
benefits for at least one year. This will help prevent illness
and fend off candida in children as well.
At 6 months or so you should have been introduced to foods
and hopefully much of that food is vegetables and some fruits.
Vegetable fiber and the complex carbohydrates in them help
nurture along that colony of good bacteria to defend your body
from disease and candida in children. At 18 months you should
be on a whole food composed of 50 to 60% fresh vegetables with
some fruits, 30% meats and 20% good fats from either those
meats or those vegetables. Hopefully dairy and grains have
never touched your lips.....but in todays society that is
probably not what happened.
The Cause of Candida
Maybe when you passed through the vaginal canal your mother
had a yeast infection? Guess what, you swallowed it and
developed thrush and intestinal yeast shortly after that. Or
you were born by caesarean and completely missed out on the
good bacteria found in your mothers vagina. Other bacteria
moved in and these strains are not beneficial or have nearly
the strength of the bacteria you were supposed to get.
But Mom did feed you from her breast and that helped things
but your immune system never quiet became as powerful as it
could have. Eventually you came down with a cold, fever, or flu
and Mom took you to the doctor. The doctor in all their
infinite wisdom prescribed some antibiotics and the infection
cleared. But what did this do to your intestinal immune system?
How bad did it alter your good to bad bacteria and yeast
Antibiotics are the main cause of candida
in children. They kill good bacteria that is 75% of your immune
system and this can allow yeast to over grow. Antibiotics
are generally made from molds with each species generally
targeting a different type of bacteria. In theory, because of
this targeting ability, they should not kill good bacteria. But
in common everyday practice they do, this is proven everyday by
women that take antibiotics for some type of infection. They
get vaginal yeast
infections as a result. If the targeting ability really
worked it would not kill the good bacteria within the woman's
vagina would it?
Lets say you were born naturally and Mom has breast fed you
all along. Your immune system is developing rapidly and you
have not been sick yet. Around about 6 months some solid food
is added to your diet and your parents decide to give you some
milk or they have you eat an occasional grain cereal. Shortly
there after you develop an ear infection and the good doctor of
course prescribes an antibiotic to combat the infection. Same
result and you now could be on your way to a candida infection
Maybe you're older and you have escaped disease or were only
on antibiotics a few times so far. You eat anything and
everything, wheat, dairy, sugar and fructose by the boatloads,
anything that comes in a box and you drink anything in a can.
Your gaining weight, your becoming irritable and you argue and
fight with your parents. Your stomach feels awful, and your
constipated more often than not. It took some time to get to
this place you are now but you have slowly destroyed your
intestinal immune system and now you might have a candida in
Candida In Children
Other than some of the scenarios I have painted for you
above. Common candida in children symptoms are:
frequent diaper rash
colic lasting over 3 months
digestive gas and bloating
diarrhea and constipation
chronic sinus and ear infections
craving for sweets
a persistent cough
unhappy or depressed
having a short attention span.
Dr. William Crook, The Yeast Connection and Dr. C. Orian
Truss, The Missing Diagnosis, have also linked candida in
children to chronic ear infections.
How to Treat
Candida in Children