Baby Thrush

Baby thrush, or, infant thrush is an overgrowth of Candida Albicans yeast in the baby’s mouth.

As a matter of fact, it’s the same infection that causes diaper rash! In other words, thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth.[1]

This yeast, called candida, normally lives within our mouth, intestines, and genital area. It thrives in moist, warm environments. Occasionally this yeast is allowed to overgrow so much it becomes visible as white patches.[2]

Thrush is a very mild infection that causes white patches to coat the inside of the cheeks and tongue of your baby. These patches cannot be easily wiped off and do not come off in-between feedings (like formula might). It is caused by a yeast infection and is easily cleared up with a prescription medicine called Nystatin.[3]

How do I know if my baby has thrush?
You’ll recognize thrush by the characteristic whitish, milky spots or patches inside the cheeks, inside the lips, on the gums or on baby’s tongue.

Thrush can also appear as a thick white coating on the tongue.[4]

Treatment of Thrush In Babies

Treatment consists of coating the baby's mouth with a medicine such as nystatin suspension or miconazole of clotrimazole gels three to four times a day for five to seven days. Mothers with symptoms of yeast infections should be treated in their last three months of pregnancy.

In the rare case where this treatment fails, a single dose of the oral fungicide Diflucan can be used.

Thrush is easy to treat and is harmless if treated properly.

Thrush found in the mouth of children over 6 months of age may indicate an immune deficiency, and should be checked by a physician.[5]

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