Can Mother Give Her Baby a Yeast Infection?
Yeast infection is a fairly common phenomenon, so it is natural for mother to worry if she can pass it along to her baby.
It is quite common for a healthy woman to sometimes show an irritation in the vaginal area. When it is accompanied by other symptoms, such as white, odorless secretions, and swelling, it can cause a lot of trouble, but it is actually normal. This is called vaginal thrush or yeast infection, which is caused by a fungus very similar to yeast referred to as Candida albicans. While it is indeed a fungus, Candida albicans is rarely harmful, and can exist in women’s vagina without causing trouble.
However, during pregnancy or breast-feeding, Candida albicans can grow enough to cause a lot of irritation and swelling. This is due to the fact that estrogen levels often rise when women are pregnant or just had a baby. Although it is not uncommon, it is still a little scary because no mother wishes her baby to be affected by thrush.