Let’s chat about something not often spoken about – vaginal thrush in young girls.
Vaginal thrush, caused by the Candida fungus, can become a real downer when it comes to skin health in young girls. Let’s talk a little more about it (and then teach our daughters about it), and learn how to avoid it.
What is vaginal thrush?
Vaginal thrush is a common yeast infection.
How does it develop?
Typically, young girls have a balanced vaginal microbiome with the right amount of yeast. Vaginal thrush occurs when there’s an excessive growth of Candida.
What causes an overgrowth of Candida?
One of the key culprits behind thrush in young girls is an imbalanced pH level. Commercial skincare products often contain harmful chemicals that can throw pH levels off balance and pose a risk to delicate children’s skin. By avoiding these harmful ingredients, we reduce the chance of thrush and other skin concerns in kids.
Which products are most problematic?
Conventional bubble baths are often the biggest culprits due to their high pH (alkalinity). Knowing that our skin’s ideal pH sits around 4-5 (slightly acidic), we can then understand why we might develop vaginal thrush or irritated skin when soaking in a conventional bubble bath’s which has a pH of between 8-9 (highly alkaline).
So how do we avoid it?
- Keep your skin naturally happy: Natural skincare products maintain the skin’s ideal pH balance, unlike cheaper alternatives. Organic ingredients are safe, effective, sustainably sourced, and reduce the chemical burden on young children.
- Chemical caution: be aware (and start to read the ingredient lists) of the nasty chemicals in your skincare products and avoid them wherever possible.
Remember, organic is more than a trend. Using natural products is a conscious choice towards not only ensuring the well-being of our children, but a healthier, more sustainable environment for us and our future generations.