How to Treat Toddler Thrush

Thrush in toddlers can be very trying for moms who confront stubborn yeast in their little ones. Toddlerhood is already a busy and challenging time. There are a number of reasons why thrush in toddlers has become very common. One is that many babies have yeast problems from birth. If these aren’t recognized and treated effectively, then the yeast can re-emerge later in toddlers when a trigger factor (such as antibiotics) allows the yeast to grow out of control.

Even without yeast problems in infancy, the yeast strains that cause thrush in toddlers are extremely common both in our bodies and in the environment. This is fine as long as a healthy balance is present that allows the immune system to keep the yeast in check. However, whenever there’s a disturbance in this balance, the yeast can  start to grow parasitically, excreting toxins and invading tissue. This causes symptoms such as pain and inflammation in different areas of the body. Common toddler thrush symptoms include:

  • Oral Thrush: white patches of yeast overgrowth in the mouth, such as on the tongue, gums, inside the cheeks, etc.
  • Toddler Vaginal Thrush: this is not uncommon when children have a general yeast overgrowth. Whenever vaginal thrush in toddlers is present, it’s a sign there’s an overall imbalance that needs to be corrected. Rarely, toddler vaginal thrush can be a sign of sexual abuse so that is something to be aware of.
  • Diaper Rash: Any persistent diaper rash has yeast as either the main or a contributing factor. If your toddler has a history of diaper rashes, even if one is not currently present, it’s very possible that he or she has some yeast overgrowth.
  • Cravings for Sweets: Yeast lover sugar, so when a toddler has yeast overgrowth there can be strong cravings for carbohydrates. Think not just sugar, but sweet fruits, fruit juice, sweetened drinks such as soy milk or rice milk, etc.
  • Emotional Symptoms: Unfortunately, yeast overgrowth can make turbulent toddlers even more turbulent. Look out for symptoms like short attention span, tantrums, etc. Of course these are normal in toddlers but yeast overgrowth can exacerbate these tendencies.

These are common symptoms of yeast infections in toddlers. Why do toddlers get thrush? As we talked about above, yeast problems as a baby or antibiotics use are two common factors. Having a lot of sugar and refined carbohydrates in the diet can also be a problem. Other prescription drugs, such as steroids, can also suppress the immune system enough to allow yeast to get a stronghold in the body.

Remedies for Thrush in Toddlers

If you take your child to the pediatrician and he or she has thrush symptoms, most likely the doctor will prescribe an anti-fungal such as diflucan or nystatin. At, we feel this is not the best first line of treatment for a number of reasons. The first reason being, these drugs are often ineffective.

We frequently receive emails from mothers who’ve used them with no results, temporary results, or sometimes the thrush gets worse. (For example, Nystatin is mixed with sugar to make it palatable – the sugar can feed the yeast and make it grow even stronger.) Second, they often make the yeast more resistant to treatment. Third, the yeast often grows back soon after the treatment is stopped. Fourth, the child’s immune system is still weak, so not only will he or she be more vulnerable to yeast, but other infections can also pop up as well, such as as ear infections, colds, flus, etc.

Common home remedies for thrush in toddlers can have their own set of problems as well. For example, gentian violet is a popular home remedy for thrush that can raise the risk of oral cancer later in life. Or colloidal silver is sometimes used; however silver is a metal that cannot be completely excreted by the body and also carries the risk of side effects or even a permanent medical condition called agyria.

The truth is thrush can be really stubborn. When even toxic drugs aren’t effective for killing the yeast effectively, it’s not hard to understand why typical home remedies aren’t enough either. Toddler thrush can be cured completely and effectively, but it takes a 2-step system to accomplish this.

First, we need to kill the yeast safely and naturally, without burdening the immune system or triggering the yeast to become more resistant. Then we need to rebuild natural immunity to yeast to make sure it doesn’t come back. This is an essential, but often completely overlooked step. In our Thrush911 program we show you, step-by-by step, how to cure stubborn thrush in toddlers. It’s very important that our program takes into consideration unique factors that relate specifically to toddlers, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.

Related Articles:

Child Yeast Infections: What You Need to Know

Symptoms of Yeast Infection in Children

Treatment for a Child’s Yeast Infection

Baby Yeast: How to Cure it Naturally