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Yeast Infections (Thrush)

Yeast infections can be found in the mouth or the diaper area. Thrush is another name for a yeast infection in the mouth. The fungus that causes these infections can be found in healthy people. It sometimes causes illness among infants, persons with weak immune systems or those on certain antibiotics.

What causes Yeast Infections?

Candida albicans, a fungus

How  are Yeast Infections spread?

By contact with skin lesions, mouth and vaginal secretions, or stool of infected persons or asymptomatic carriers. Yeast can also be spread from mother to infant during childbirth

What are the symptoms of Yeast Infections?

Mouth: White, slightly raised patches on the tongue or inside the cheek

Diaper area: A smooth, shiny “fire engine” red rash

How long is it contagious?

Contagious while lesions are present

How can I prevent infection?

  1. Frequent, careful hand washing by child care staff, children and household members.
  2. Minimize contact with secretions and stool of infected persons.
  3. Clean bottle nipples and pacifiers daily. Disinfect by boiling or using a commercial dishwasher.
  4. Clean, rinse with clean water, then sanitize mouthed toys at least daily and when soiled. 

 

For more information, please call the Northern Kentucky Health Department at 859.363.2070.

Revised November 2014