Oral thrush in infants, which is more common at about four weeks
of age, may occur more than once. It usually clears by
itself, but there are ways to avoid and/or treat it...
What is Oral Thrush?
A yeast or thrush infection happens when the mother and/or the baby's natural flora and bacteria have become imbalanced.
Is oral thrush contagious?
A baby with oral thrush can infect a mother during breastfeeding; this is
why it is so important that the mother and the baby get treatment together, even if one of them is not showing any signs of thrush. This is to prevent reinfection.
If a mother has a yeast infection on her breasts or nipples, she could also infect her baby.
If a mother has a vaginal thrush infection during birth, her baby may become infected when he/she passes through the birth canal.
The use of antibiotics by the mother and/or the baby can sometimes cause an oral thrush infection.
The baby can be infected by the mother, if she has thrush (yeast infection) on her breasts and/or nipples.
Premature babies, unfortunately, have less mature immune systems and are, therefore, more prone to getting a thrush/yeast infection.
Unhygienic conditions can also cause a thrush infection. The mother should clean her baby’s mouth with a disposable cloth or clean wet finger, instead of keeping a
face cloth, which can grow germs and fungus.
Oral thrush is common in babies with diabetes, due to elevated levels of sugar in their bodies.
Babies with HIV/Aids are more likely to get thrush infections, due to the suppression of their immune systems.
Treatment of Oral Thrush in Babies
Treatment of oral thrush in Baby
If the oral thrush does not clear by itself, after a week...
Nystatin Suspension is often used to kill the fungus that
causes thrush. A doctor will usually prescribe this as an oral treatment
for infant thrush and as a cream for a mother's breasts.
The mother and the baby both need to be treated, so that they do not pass the thrush to one
another. Using Nystatin will usually clear the oral thrush
infection within two weeks.
A thrush treatment like Miconazole is a standard treatment, that can be bought over the counter without a prescription.
Natural treatment for oral thrush in babies
Coconut oil for thrush: You can put pure, raw, virgin coconut
oil on your nipples and inside your baby’s mouth to prevent passing the
infection to one another. This has been found to clear some yeast from the mouth, but should be used in conjunction with other treatments.
Gentian Violet: Can be used on the mother's breasts, and inside the baby's mouth. This is the best natural cure for thrush, but it is very messy. It stains the clothing and the skin.
Prevention of Oral Thrush
How to prevent oral thrush in Baby
Sterilize all dummies or teethers.
Sterilize all bottles and teats before use.
Sterilize all pump parts daily.
Use disposable wipes when cleaning your baby’s mouth.
Rinse your breasts with clear water after breastfeeding.
If the oral thrush keeps coming back, a mother should seek the advice of her physician.