Can diet cause yeast infections?

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My 1 year old has a bad yeast infection. She has already been prescribed nysatin and it seems to work, but the infection is not going away. The doctor did not answer my question when I asked him what caused yeast infections. He said they just happen. If they just happen how come every baby girl does not have them. Does anyone have any more useful information about what could cause a yeast infection in a 1 year old? I don't believe we were just unlucky.

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    Limit nappy time, change nappies frequently and immediately after wet or dirty. Switch to disposable nappies if you are using reusable ones, until the infection has gone. Lay off powder. No bubble baths. No anti-bac soap. Try to remove as much sugar from her diet as possible i.e. juice and sugared yogurts.

    Get her to eat full fat organic plain yoghurt instead, with probiotics. It will help get the good bacteria back in balance. To clean her bottom I didn't use wipes, just cotton with water. It does take some time for the guts flora to recover. Hope this work you! 

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      Thank you! So you do think diet could be affecting her? That is what  I think also, but her doctor was very dismissive when I asked. She recently started eating regular food instead of baby food while she is at her a nanny. The nanny prepares her food and she has been feeding her lots of sweets. I was wondering if I should consider talking with her about what she is feeding her. Or maybe I will pack food for her instead.
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    Hi,

    You know I've  been worried for that infection.Actually Ive done a research because i think I have yeast infecton.

    Its stated on the article that this is  common in women in fact 8 in 10 women have this...Just decrease sugar intake.Aviod wearing too fit for you.Yeast will grow in dark and no air also limit your napkins till 4 hours.

    Hope it helps.

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      Yes, it is pretty common in women- that I knew. I was more wondering about how common it is in babies. If you think you have a yeast infection you could try treating it with yogurt. Or you could read about the commons symptoms online. It is a pretty easy condition to diagnose. Thanks for the reply.
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    Diet absolutely effects yeast.  Diets high in carbs (bread, sugar, etc) or if she has been on antibiotics for an ear infection or anything like that. Antibiotics cause yeast infections.  Yeast, much like bacteria, grows when the environment isn't pH balanced.  Antibiotics and diet throw off pH.  It's important to keep her as dry as possible.  Change her diaper as soon as she "goes" and don't use baby wipes on her.  Even the unscented ones can mess up her pH.  Use a wash cloth with water instead.  At least until she is better.  An antifungal wil get rid of the infection, but to prevent it from happening again, add probiotics to her diet.  The ones that are refrigeratable are best.  They have lots of liquid fruity tasting ones that my kids love.  Keeping the healthy flora balanced is key!  Good luck!
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