Children’s yeast infections

Vaginal yeast infections in young girls is actually quite rare, but may accompany antibiotic use or other illness that has weakened the immune system. Thrush in babies is common. Once puberty hits, however, the vagina is fair game for yeast infections.

The doctor may prescribe an anti-fungal, or worse, tell you that they can’t find anything wrong and do nothing. A swab taken during symptoms will at least tell you what it isn’t, and if it isn’t a yeast problem, you can work on other solutions.

     Treating yeast infections in young girls

The first task is to establish what has caused the immune system to be unable to fight the yeast off, and eliminate it. This may be antibiotic use (in which case finish the course prior to probiotic treatment), illness or injury. In whatever case, probiotics or probiotic foods will clear up the problem in a systemic way by introducing good bacteria that keep the yeasts in check, and usually quite quickly.

Probiotics and probiotic foods are considered safe for everyone, though high doses may cause gas as the bacteria have a little war inside of you.

We have reviewed the most appropriate probiotics and have foods which are high in natural probiotics. These foods are really cheap to make at home. You can’t really buy real fermented foods at the supermarket because live bacteria produce gas, and that would cause jars to be exploding all over the place. Most supermarket foods are pasteurised for this reason, so are ‘dead’ and of no use.

Jessica Lloyd - Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica Lloyd - Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica is a degree-qualified naturopath (BHSc) specialising in vulvovaginal health and disease, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jessica is the owner and lead naturopath of My Vagina, and is a member of the:

  • International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD)
  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
  • National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) Australia
  • New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
Read more about Jessica and My Vagina's origin story.