Thrush and Other Yeast Infections in Children (cont.)

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What if the medication does not effectively treat the yeast infection?

There are some situations when a different medication is needed to clear a yeast infection. A health-care provider may prescribe another type of antifungal cream or oral preparation that may include ketoconazole (Nizoral, Extina, Xolegel, Kuric), fluconazole (Diflucan), or itraconazole (Sporanox).

Should a child with yeast infection be kept out of child care?

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There is no need to remove a child with yeast infection from child care. Since most healthy people already harbor Candida, children with thrush and Candida diaper rash do not have to be excluded from child care (as long they are able to participate comfortably).

Child-care providers should follow good hygiene, including careful hand washing and disposal of nasal and oral secretions of children with thrush, in order to avoid transmitting the infection to children who may not already be infected.

Are there other names for yeast infection?

Medically, a yeast infection is referred to as candidiasis because Candida causes the infection. Thrush is known as oral candidiasis. The old name for Candida was Monilia. The infection is still sometimes called moniliasis, and thrush is still at times known as oral moniliasis.


American Academy of Pediatrics. "Candidiasis (Moniliasis, Thrush)." In: Pickering, L.K., ed. Red Book: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 28th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2009: 245-249.

American Academy of Pediatrics. "Thrush and Other Candida Infections." Aug. 20, 2015. <>.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/6/2015

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