Candida Treatments for Babies & Children
© Copyright Bee Wilder
Revised February 23rd, 2011
Table of Contents
How Babies Acquire Candida
Babies inherit both of their parents' "nutritional status" upon conception, as Dr. Weston A. Price writes in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Chapter 21: "Of the many problems on which the experience of the primitive races can throw light, probably none is more pressing than practical procedures for improving child life.
Since this has been shown to be largely dependent upon the architectural design, as determined by the health of the parental germ cells and by the prenatal environment of the child, the program that is to be successful must begin early enough to obviate [to anticipate and prevent or eliminate] by effective measures these various disturbing forces.
The normal determining factors that are of hereditary origin may be interrupted in a given generation but need not become fixed characteristics in the future generations. This question of parental nutrition, accordingly, constitutes a fundamental determining factor in the health and physical perfection of the offspring."
This means that if either parent has candida their baby will also have it. Candida is the "result" of poor health which is caused by the same four things that cause all failing health:
Lack of proper nutrition and oxygen.
Accumulation of toxins, poisons, and waste.
Lowered vitality due to stress, shock, injury, emotional upsets, relationship or financial
worries and concerns, etc.
Nutritional status inherited from your parents upon conception.
Candida cannot be cured by 'killing it off or "trying to get rid of it" since it doesn't work that way. Candida is only cured by getting healthy, overall, which is done by:
Consuming "proper nutrients" (diet plus supplements) that all human bodies require in order to get and "be" healthy.
Eliminating toxins and foods that feed candida (they also feed bacteria and cancer).
Eliminating damaging foods.
Eliminating toxins in general.
When the body is healthy enough it will automatically "make" candida (or any bug, cancer, etc.) change back into the organism it is supposed to be when the body is healthy.
Candida/Yeast Questionnaire for Children
To evaluate your child's candida do this Yeast Questionnaire for Children's Candida.
Breastfeeding is by far superior to bottle feeding as noted by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig: "Breastfeeding is best. Breast milk is nature's perfect food for babies. Breast milk contains special substances that give the growing baby immunity to infection and disease.
Breastfeeding bonds a mother to her baby, stimulates important hormonal activities in her body, helps
her lose weight after pregnancy and protects her against future breast cancer and osteoporosis."
The nutrients and other substances in mother's milk can greatly affect the baby's health, particularly
the composition of good fats required by the baby during development as Sally Fallon and Mary Enig point out:
"Mother's milk contains long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCP)
that the baby needs for the development of its nervous system. These special
fats accumulate in the brain and retina [in the eyes}. If they are absent in the infant diet,
the child is likely to suffer from learning disabilities and reduced visual
acuity. The most important LCP's are arachidonic acid (AA) of the omega-6 family,
docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) of the omega-3 family and eicosapentaenoic acid
(EPA), also of the omega-3 family.
Ideal breast milk contains high levels of both saturated fats and LCPs. This can be accomplished by consuming high levels of animal fats plus eggs, cod liver oil and oily fish throughout the lactation period. Saturated fats in mother's milk stimulate the immune system and work synergistically [two or more agents working together to produce a result not obtainable by any of the agents independently] with LCPs to maintain them in the tissues where they belong."
Milk supply is also dependent upon the mother's diet: "Modern studies show that a mother's milk supply can vary and that it is influenced by her diet. When a baby has candida/fungal overgrowth it is important that breastfeeding mothers follow Bee's Candida Program as explained in How to Successfully Overcome Candida, which includes diet and supplements, so their breast milk is as healthy as possible.
All breastfed babies, whether they have candida or not, will greatly benefit by being given some supplements - see below for details.
Breast Milk Substitutes
Since some mothers cannot breastfeed their babies, it may become necessary to provide a suitable substitute until the baby is 6 months old. At 6 months of age babies can get all of the nutrients they needs from regular table foods, plus some supplements as written below. Their first food should be egg yolks at 4 months of age.
Babies have been known to do very well on cow's or goat's milk prior to industrialization of our foods, so other than the level of nutrients available in them today, they should do very well on them, along with the recommended supplements, i.e. cod liver oil, butter oil, unrefined coconut oil and nutritional yeast flakes (see Supplements below).
Goat's milk is usually easier for babies to digest compared to cow's milk. That's why fifty years ago, and before, premature babies were put on Goat's milk. Goat's milk is more completely and easily absorbed than cow's milk, leaving less undigested residue/sugars in the colon that ferments and causes uncomfortable symptoms of lactose/sugar intolerance like cow's milk does.
Even though lactose can be a problem for babies with candida, it is much more important to provide them with nutrients in whole fat Goat's milk than to be overly concerned at least until they are 6 months old and can have regular foods. The rules about lactose are: The higher the butterfat content the lower the lactose, and butterfat also helps digest the lactose and proteins in dairy products.
Diet for Babies
It important not to introduce solid foods to a baby too early, and to introduce the right kinds of
In an article at the Weston A. Price Foundation Jen Allbritton points out that: "a baby's earliest solid foods should be mostly animal foods since his digestive system, although immature, is better equipped to supply enzymes for digestion of fats and proteins rather than carbohydrates.
Jen also writes: "Egg yolks, rich in choline, cholesterol and other brain-nourishing substances, can be added to your baby's diet as early as four months, as long as baby takes it easily. Bee's Note: The reason anyone would react poorly to egg yolk is because it is high in sulphur (a mineral) which is very important for detoxification processes in the body. See Healing Foods, Herbs and Spices Create Healing Reactions. In fact such reactions are not allergic reactions as explained in Healing Reactions Versus Allergic Reactions. Also see Allergies for other articles. In order to minimize healing reactions start with very small amounts of egg yolk only, i.e. 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon, and slowly increase the amounts.
Cholesterol is vital for the insulation of the nerves
in the brain and the entire central nervous system. It helps with fat digestion
by increasing the formation of bile acids and is necessary for the production
of many hormones.
Since the brain is so dependent on cholesterol, it is
especially vital during this time when brain growth is in hyper-speed. Choline
is another critical nutrient for brain development. The traditional practice of
feeding egg yolks early is confirmed by current research."
The only food that contains a
more ideal mix of essential amino acids than an egg is mother's milk–see these articles about Eggs.
Please do not follow any other recommendations by the Weston A. Price Foundation on foods to give babies. First, they recommend bananas as the 2nd food to introduce after egg yolk, which is extremely high in fructose. Fructose isn't healthy for humans, except is very small amounts, because of how the body processes them. They also recommend starting cereal grains at 6 months of age that are properly soaked. However, all grains are very hard on the digestive system even when they are properly prepared, particularly for babies and young children.
WAPF recommends adding meats, fruits, and vegetables when the baby is 10 months old. However, since animals meats and fats are so easily digested by Humans, babies included, they need to be introduced at 6 months old, which would include organ meats like liver. Also fruits should be extremely limited for babies and young children, the same as they should for adults even when they are healthy.
WAPF also recommends giving babies lacto-fermented root vegetables like taro because they claim it provides excellent carbohydrate foods for them. However carbohydrates are not essential foods for Humans - see Carb Facts, yet animals meats and fats ARE as proven by Dr. Price himself! That's why he writes that the Eskimos and Masai tribe he studied were the healthiest groups of all, and they only consumed animals meats and fats and no carbs!
All babies will benefit by only having foods on the candida diet food list, and babies who have candida should only have foods that are safe for candida sufferers, which are the same as for adults—see Candida Diet Food List.
How to Make Baby Foods
Cook ground up meats in coconut oil on low heat, or cook them in water, just until they are cooked to medium. Do not overcook meats since it binds the protein molecules closer together which makes them more difficult to digest.
Vegetables should be well-cooked so their cell walls (fibers) are broken down so nutrients in them can be released and available for digestion, which is when they can be easily mashed with a fork - see Raw Versus Cooked Carbs (Plant Foods). Note that green leafy vegetables take a very long time to cook properly, 50 minutes or more, so it is suggested you do not give them to babies until they are at least 2 years old.
Put cooked foods into a blender or food processor, either separately or together as desired, with enough liquid so they will puree into a thick smooth baby–food like consistency.
Put pureed foods in small strong glass containers with lids, and either keep them in the refrigerator if they will be used up within a few days, or freeze them. Do not heat up any foods or liquids in the microwave since it damages food - see Microwaving & Irradiation Dangers.
Always put extra butter on meats and vegetables after they are heated, so babies get the benefit of the fat, which also helps the body digest and pull nutrients from the foods. Also sprinkle good ocean sea salt on foods for babies.
Mineral-Rich Bone Broths are very healthy for babies, children and everyone, as well as Bone Marrow from Roasted Bones!
Supplements for Babies
All babies benefit by taking supplements even if they are breastfed.
Cod Liver Oil: Around four months is a good time to start offering cod liver oil, which is an excellent source of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA (also important for brain development), as well as vitamins A and D. They can be given 1/2 teaspoon twice a day, and they can stay on that dose until they are 18 months old. Use an eye dropper to give it to them at first.
Unrefined Coconut Oil: All babies can be started on unrefined coconut oil right from birth. It is important to start them on a low dose of coconut oil and gradually increase the amount because coconut oil helps the body create healing and detoxifying symptoms and reactions. Newborns to 18 months old can be started on 1/8 teaspoon coconut oil twice a day and gradually increase it by adding an additional dose of 1/8 teaspoon up to a total of 2 teaspoons coconut oil per day, always given in divided doses along with breastfeeding or meals. Coconut oil can be applied to diaper and other rashes frequently, which may increase it temporarily because it helps pull out toxins that cause such rashes.
If your baby appears to have too many uncomfortable healing and detoxifying reactions to coconut oil, cut back on the amount of coconut oil and take more time increasing the amounts. Babies may experience an increase in any rashes, thrush, and other candida-related symptoms, or have excess mucus, new rashes, and other healing and detoxifying symptoms, which are necessary because of how the body heals itself naturally—see these articles on Healing Naturally to understand the healing processes. Rash is evidence the body is working hard to get rid of toxins, and it is the body's way of externalizing healing to the skin to protect vital inner organs.
Babies can also experience overall aches and pains due to healing reactions. Epsom salt baths will help alleviate these symptoms and also help pull toxins out through the skin.
Butter Oil: Butter oil is available at Dr. Ron's Ultra Pure
and Green Pastures. Newborns to 8 months old can be started on 8 drops twice a day and gradually increased to 20 drops twice a day (40 drops = 1/4 teaspoon).
Nutritional Yeast Flakes: Babies can be given 2 level teaspoons per day, which can be added to warm non-chlorinated water and given to them in a bottle with a larger hole in the nipple, or added to foods.
Diet & Supplements for Children (18 months to 12 years old)
18 months and older can eat the same candida diet as outlined for adults in the
to Successfully Overcome Candida.
Also see these Candida Diet lists. Children benefit a great deal
by switching over their main food energy source from carbohydrates to good natural fats like butter, coconut oil, lard, etc., but like adults they must start with small amounts that are gradually increased so their healing and detoxifying symptoms do not become overwhelming.
Children love Bee's Egg Drink for breakfast and it's a great way to start them on butter and coconut oil because the amounts can be adjusted, i.e. 1 egg to 1/4 teaspoon
each of coconut oil and butter, plus cinnamon and nutmeg to taste, with enough hot water to make 1 cup.
Cod liver oil and butter oil are very important for children. Dr. Weston A. Price gave school age children 1/2 teaspoon of high vitamin cod liver oil and 1/2 teaspoon of butter oil mixed together per day, but the butter oil should be started at a lower dose and gradually increased due to its ability to help the body heal and detoxify itself.
Coconut Oil: Children can take coconut oil along with the diet just like adults do. Start children with 1/2 teaspoon each of coconut oil and butter 2 times a day, and gradually increase the amount every 5 days by 1/4 teaspoon per day up to 1 1/2 tablespoon per day of coconut oil, and as much butter as they want (each tablespoon contains 3 teaspoons). Coconut oil can be rubbed into the skin and applied frequently to any rashes and other skin problems.
Butter Oil: Butter oil is available at Dr. Ron's Ultra Pure
and Green Pastures. Children over 18 months old can start on 20 drops twice a day, gradually increased to 1/2 teaspoon per day.
Supplements: Since it is difficult for small children to swallow pills some supplements need to be liquid or powder, i.e. Vitamin B Complex, Calcium/Magnesium and Vitamin C. Children are also given smaller quantities, depending upon their size, as noted below.
Supplement Doses for Children:
18 months to 7 years old, 1/3rd of an adult dose
7 to 12 years old, 1/2 of an adult dose
over 12 years old, the same dose as adults take
For easy reference see adult doses listed on this Candida Supplements Chart.
Some supplements must indicate on the label that they are "free-of" yeast, soy, wheat, gluten,
dairy, sugar, coloring, preservatives or additives, such as Calcium/Magnesium,
Vitamin B Complex, and Vitamin E.
Vitamin C –
Children can take ascorbic acid crystals mixed in water twice a day. It should always be taken with foods. It might taste better to them if it is mixed into Bee's Electrolyte Drink. However, always start with smaller amounts and gradually increase them so they do not get loose stools, which is called "bowel tolerance." If you increase the amounts slowly enough they will not loose stools. Also Vitamin C might not always cause loose stools, since it is also a very common detoxifying symptom which one of the many ways the body gets rid of toxins.
Vitamin B Complex – the best source for children is Nutritional Yeast "Flakes" (make sure it is the flakes, and not just nutritional yeast) – Brands include Frontier and Red Star. They can be mixed into foods, added to Bee's Egg Drink, or mixed into soup, broths or water. Most children like the taste since it has a nutty flavor.
Calcium/Magnesium – Many calcium/magnesium supplements contain a ratio of 2:1 calcium to magnesium, in which case a separate supplement of magnesium citrate is necessary to equal out the amounts. There may be liquid products available, but most contain fruits, sugar, or other flavorings so they are very hard to find. Tablets can easily be dissolved in warm water, or dumped out capsules to get the correct amount so they can be dissolved in water or added to foods.
Vitamin E (natural
source only). Natural source
vitamin E is indicated by the small "d" in front of the
different types of vitamin E, such as d-alpha-tocopherol. The synthetic
version begins with "dl", i.e. dl-alpha-tocopherol. Most vitamin
E supplements are derived from soy, which must not be taken.
Clear Base or dry base formulas are soy-free. Children can take either 1/3rd or 1/2 of an adult dose, depending upon their age (above). If a child isn't able to swallow the gel cap you can prick it with a pin and squeeze the oil into Bee's Egg Drink, soup or other foods. Some children don't mind chewing on softgel capsules.
Electrolyte Drink – Children can have Bee's Electrolyte
Drink if they are able to tolerate lemons okay, but it is optional and isn't necessary for health, however, ensure they are getting the correct amount of ocean sea salt per day sprinkled on foods.
- Weston A. Price, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, La Mesa, CA, The Price-Pottenger Nutritional Foundation, Inc., 2004, Chapter 21, Practical application of primitive wisdom, available at Amazon.com.
Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD, Successful
Breastfeeding ...And Successful Alternatives
Jen Allbritton, CN, Nourishing a Growing Baby
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