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by Maxine
Posted August 18 2010 01:12pm
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Thrush is another common childhood illness, it’s a yeast infection in a baby’s mouth, creating white patches that stick to the tongue and inner cheeks.

The same fungus that causes vaginal yeast infections also causes thrush. It’s possible for moms to pass this fungus to their babies during delivery. Babies can then develop thrush, usually within the first several weeks after birth.

Thrush is common in babies and toddlers because their immune systems are not fully developed. It can also occur in others whose immune systems have been weakened. This is often due to illness, medication or antibiotics. Antibiotics can disturb the natural balance of the body’s bacteria.

Babies can pass thrush on to mom during breastfeeding.

The symptoms of thrush are: 

  • White patches on your baby’s tongue and inner cheeks that cannot be wiped away. These patches may bleed if you try to wipe them. Thrush can spread to the roof of the mouth, the gums and the throat.
  • Baby may have difficulty latching or refuse to eat due to discomfort
  • Baby may have a diaper rash
  • Mom will have burning nipple pain during breastfeeding, If thrush has been passed on from baby’s mouth

If you think your baby has thrush, contact his doctor or health care provider. If you are breastfeeding, and you think you and/or your baby have thrush, contact your doctor or the breastfeeding clinic.

The goal of treatment is to stop the rapid spread of the fungus.

This is what you can do to treat thrush in infants and breastfeeding moms:

  • Both mom and baby need to be treated by medication prescribed by your doctor. Otherwise, you will continue to pass it back and forth.
  • Items such as pacifiers and breast pumps need to be sterilized often.
  • Change breast pads often.
  • Wash your hands for 15 seconds, especially after using the toilet or handling sanitary pads and before feeding your baby or handling food, pacifiers, breast pump equipment, etc.

This is what you can do to treat children 1 year old and over:

  • Mild thrush may require no treatment.
  • If thrush occurs after taking antibiotics, your child’s doctor may suggest adding unsweetened yogurt to his diet. This will help restore his body’s natural bacterial balance. Do not give babies under 1 year of age milk products, including yogurt.
  • If the thrush persists, your health care provider may need to prescribe your child an antifungal medication.

You can prevent thrush in the following ways:

  • Treat any vaginal yeast infection that mom has during her pregnancy to prevent the fungus from being passed onto her baby.
  • Wash your hands for 15 seconds, especially after using the toilet or handling sanitary pads and before feeding your baby or handling food, pacifiers, breast pump equipment etc. 


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