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Your Child’s Behavior Can Be Affected By Candida

Childs behavioral problems

A child with candida can be mislabeled hyperactive or learning disabled by a practitioner who does not fully understand or comprehend the true significance of the pediatric yeast syndrome. Dr. William Crook, who authored The Yeast Syndrome, certainly did. He was an excellent pediatrician who noticed that many of his young patients would improve significantly once their yeast overgrowth was eradicated. It is a pity that many pediatricians today do not have the same level of clinical experience with intestinal dysbiosis and children’s health that Dr. Crook had.

Children who have candida may manifest multiple allergic syndromes that can affect them on many different levels. These young children may even exhibit behavioral and also learning complications due to their personal side effects to foods, chemical substances, and additives which may well be associated with a candida yeast infection. In my clinical experience, many children do not need drugs like Ritalin after all, particularly if they are first assessed and treated for allergies and carefully screened for candida yeast infections or SIBO (small intestinal bowel overgrowth).

Like Dr. William Crook, I have certainly noticed over the years that children who have both behavioral or learning disabilities as well as a yeast infection display a marked reduction of symptoms once the candida is eliminated, much to their parent’s relief.

The Real Impact of Candida on Behavior

A small, but nevertheless significant percentage of today’s children diagnosed as autistic may in fact be victims of a rather severe form of a candida yeast infection.
If the candida infection was successfully treated in these few cases, the symptoms of autism may well show dramatic improvement. It is not uncommon to find that a child with a behavioral problem was treated routinely with antibiotics in the past, for example an ear infection, a cough or a sore throat – infections that recur frequently. Soon thereafter, changes may begin to occur. There could be developmental delays, speech development may stop, and within a few weeks or months the child may become unresponsive and lose interest in his parents and surroundings. The concerned parents then take the child to various specialists, and finally come up with a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder.

Worried mothers may have their children in and out of medical clinics and unfortunately there are still doctors who still routinely prescribe antibiotics, despite the fact that not only the malevolent bacteria are destroyed but also the friendly bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus.

The yeast remaining behind now thrives, as they are not susceptible to the influences of antibiotics, and with recurring prescriptions the bacteria left behind become more increasingly resistant to antibiotics.

In addition, children love to eat sweets – and plenty of them – including ice creams and all the sugary and yeast promoting foods that are considered a prime target for a candida overgrowth. In the 21st century, your child may be eating foods high in sugar more than at any other time in history. Is it any surprise that the majority of our kids go on to suffer from all types of immune and behavioral difficulties?

A very important part of candida treatment for children is getting them away from sweets as much as is possible, and a good way to start is by limiting all soda drinks, candy (sweets), and unnecessary food and drink items. This can present a challenge and you will find it an easier task with younger as opposed to older children, believe me. I have four children and know how difficult it can be, but it is achievable, especially if you can offer your child nice fruits such as oranges and bananas or stone fruit like apricots and plums, etc., to get them away from the highly processed sweets. Give them diluted juices to get them away from those sugar laden soda drinks. This is step one, and then you progress over time by giving them fruits that are not quite as sweet like apples, pears and kiwi, and dilute fruit juices down even further. Gradually you turn them to fresh vegetables and also herbal teas. It IS possible but takes time, patience and commitment on your behalf as the parent or caregiver. My kids just drank water, flavored with a splash of fruit juice.

Candida, in children, is more than just a diaper rash issue. Candida can impact children of all ages and should definitely be considered as you work to diagnose your child’s behavioral and health issues – even anxiety and depression.