Children Have Yeast Problems, Too!

Three year old Wesley's story.

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Women aren’t the only ones who suffer from yeast overgrowth. While it’s less common in men and even more rare in children, this case from the late Dr. Crook’s files shows how the Yeast-Fighting Program can bring about huge changes for the better – particularly in children who have hyperactive tendencies.

Three-year old Wesley was referred to me in August 1982 for evaluation of hyperactivity, irritability, peevishness and behavior problems. His mother said, “This child is driving me up the wall. I don’t know how much long his father and I can take it. He doesn’t sleep, he’s always on the go, he tears up his toys and wears out the furniture.”

In reviewing Wesley’s history, I found that at the age of two months, he was troubled by a persistent yeast infection in his mouth and diaper area. A month later, he developed an ear infection, which was treated with a ten-day course of antibiotics. At four months, he was treated for another ear infection and the yeast infections in his mouth and diaper area flared up.

During the next year, Wesley had repeated – almost continuous – ear infections. Because of these problems, he was given several different broad spectrum antibiotics. Between the ages of 18 and 24 months, he became unusually aggressive, irritable and hard to manage. Symptoms were triggered by exposure to colognes, aftershave lotions, perfumes and other odors.

Between the ages of two and two-and-a-half, Wesley’s nervous symptoms continued and included poor sleep and long-lasting temper tantrums. His symptoms were so severe his family was referred to a clinical psychologist. The psychologist told Wesley’s parents to give Wesley more attention when he behaved well and to ignore his bad behavior. Those techniques didn’t help.

Because pf Wesley’s history of repeated courses of antibiotics, I prescribed a yeast-free, sugar-free diet, nystatin and nutritional supplements. During a visit a week later, Wesley’s mother reported, “He’s like a different child. When he eats sugar or yeast-containing foods, his symptoms return.”

Within four weeks, his mother reported Wesley was a “calm and easy-going child who was actually sitting on the floor and looking at a book. We had to take his picture because we had never seen him slow down enough to do this before.”
Dr. Crook followed Wesley’s progress for nearly 20 years.

Over the years, his mother noted that Wesley did well in school and had no behavior problems as long as he stayed on the yeast-fighting diet. But a little relaxation of the stringent routine, like a piece of cake at a wedding, set off symptoms all over again.

When he reached high school age, his mother said he still followed a good diet and took supplements and nystatin to control yeast overgrowth. His mother was relieved that this apparently hyperactive child never had to take Ritalin or other drugs and that he did well in school and social interactions.

Dr. Crook’s final note on Wesley, one of his long-term success stories, showed that the uncontrollable child had grown up, graduated from high school, held a responsible job for several years and started to raise a family.

Dozens of other inspiring success stories are available in Dr. Crook’s book, Yeast Connection Success Stories, available in our store.


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