Thrush In Babies

Cure Yeast Infection fastHow To Know If Your Baby Has Thrush

Thrush in babies is very common and not dangerous but does need to be treated. Babies under the age of two months seem to get it more but older babies can also get it. The telltale signs are a white coated tongue, white patches on the insides of the mouth and the palate (roof of the mouth). If the coating is only on the tongue then it may just be milk residue which can easily be wiped away. Try touching the patches to see if they rub off. Do this with a covered finger using gauze. If it’s thrush then the patches wont come off easily, but if it does then it should be quite red underneath and may even bleed.

 

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How Is Oral Thrush In Babies Caused

Thrush is caused by the fungus Candia Albicans. Fungus occurs naturally in everybody’s digestive tract but given the right environment it can grow and become a yeast infection. Sugar is the perfect condition for yeast to thrive along with moist warm environments. Breastfeeding creates this environment.

Sometimes a baby will pick up the infection from you if you had a yeast infection at the time of birth. As the baby passes through the birth canal the infection is passed on.

Some babies for no reason at all are more prone to oral thrush than others. Bottle teats and dummies need to be sterilised, hygiene is most important. Wash baby toys and breast pump parts after every use in boiling water to make sure you don’t infect the baby or reinfect yourself. Although breastfed babies also get oral thrush.

Damp nipples are a breeding ground for yeast so make sure your nipples are dry by air drying them between feeds.

Antibiotics also cause yeast infections by killing off the good bacteria in our bodies letting the dreaded yeast bacteria to thrive. So if your baby has been on antibiotics or if you’re breastfeeding and have been on them yourself then that could be the reason for the thrush outbreak.

 

How Is Nappy Rash (thrush) In Babies Caused
 
As we’ve discovered thrush thrives in warm moist places. When wet nappies are left on a baby containing urine or faeces it provides the perfect breeding ground for thrush. Nappy rash is a sore red area where the nappy is especially in the folds of the skin.

Try to prevent nappy rash by changing the baby’s nappy often and letting the baby have some time to kick his legs and let the air in without a nappy on.

 

Treatments For Nappy Rash
 
Anti-fungal creams are used along with a hydrocortisone ointment for inflammation. Your doctor will be able to prescribe them for you.

 

Signs Of Thrush In The Mother
 
Vaginal Thrush

Cracked Nipples

Itchy, Red or Burning Nipples

Shooting breast pain during or after breastfeeds

 

How To Treat Thrush In Babies
 
Thrush is not dangerous to your baby but can be very sore resulting in the baby not wanting to feed or being very unsettled. If your baby’s mouth is too sore to suck then they may get dehydrated. See your doctor immediately to prevent it becoming too irritating. The doctor may prescribe an oral antifungal cream called Nystatin and perhaps a paracetamol for the pain. Its important to also treat yourself if breastfeeding to prevent passing the thrush infection back and forth. This can be done by applying the Nystatin to your nipples. Natural ingredients such as coconut oil can also be applied to your nipples to sooth them. Coconut oil is a natural antifungal.