Thrush in infants is a fairly
common problem. In this article, we discuss infant thrush
symptoms and curing baby thrush. We will also explore
treatments for infant thrush and see what medications are
available to help your child.
Yeast infections can happen to anybody, even babies, and are
caused by an overgrowth of Candida Albicans, a yeast that lives
in or on many parts of the body. This Candida yeast is usually
quite harmless but can cause irritation, soreness and health
problems if it multiplies out of control.
(For a detailed explanation of yeast infections in general,
see our page that explains yeast
To Learn How to Safely Get Rid of
Your Baby's Thrush, Click Here
Baby yeast infections tend to affect either the mouth or the
diaper area, which are both perfect breeding grounds for
Candida Albicans because they are warm and moist
A baby yeast infection in the mouth is commonly known as
oral thrush and is more common in very young babies (up to 10
weeks), although it can occur in babies of any age. A diaper
area baby yeast infection can affect any baby or toddler who
wears diapers and can easily be mistaken for diaper rash.
We will be addressing yeast infections in the mouth of
babies, or thrush in infants, in this article. For information
about baby yeast infections in the diaper area click here for
our article on that topic.
Baby Thrush or Baby Oral
It is estimated that oral yeast infections affect around 1
in 7 babies at some point. Mothers should be assured, however,
that it is usually not a serious condition and that it also has
nothing to do with personal hygiene or lack of care.
Causes of thrush in infants
- a weakened immune system
- taking a course of antibiotics
- being infected during birth from a mother that has a
vaginal yeast infection
- yeast infection on the nipples of a breast feeding
- dirty pacifiers or bottles
Symptoms of an oral yeast
infection in a baby include:
- white spots on the tongue and insides of the mouth
- a cottage-cheese like covering on the tongue and mouth
- poor feeding
- spitting out pacifier
- excessive drooling
For clarification, the white patches mentioned above cannot
be easily wiped away like milk or formula can. In fact, if you
do try to wipe the white patch off, you may see bleeding and a
Treatment for Infant
Sometimes a mild oral yeast infection can clear up of its
own accord in just a few days. That's the best kind of
treatment isn't it? Thus a medical visit may not be
If thrush in infants does not cure itself,
however, it may be necessary to use a prescribed treatment. In
any case, if your babies thrush is causing malnutrition, you
should seek medical advice.
Infant oral thrush medication includes mouth gel or drops
containing antifungal drugs like miconazole or nystatin.
Nystatin is one of the most common prescriptions and is usually
squirted into the mouth or rubbed gently onto the affected
areas. This treatment for infant thrush is continued until all
signs of the oral yeast infection have disappeared.
One home remedy for thrush in infants is the use of
acidophilus and bifidus powder. Acidophilus and bifidus are
"good" bacteria and can help restore the body's natural balance
of good vs. bad bacteria (you'll recall that a yeast infection
is an overgrowth of "bad" bacteria in the body).
You can buy it in powder or capsule form. A small amount can
be added to milk, yogurt, water, etc. or a small amount can be
applied to a wet finger for the baby to suck on.
A dietary change is also suggested to help remedy thrush in
infants. Less sugary foods are recommended since they will not
feed the yeast.
Steps to Prevent Baby
It is important to sterilize teats, pacifiers and any toys
that the baby puts into the mouth so that the baby does not get
reinfected. Let the objects dry thoroughly before storing.
A breastfeeding mother may also be prescribed an antifungal
cream to apply to her nipples. It is also suggested that the
nipples be rinsed and allowed to airdry thoroughly before
Another recommended method of preventing thrush is to feed
the infant sterilized water after feeding in order to rinse
away any residue.
Hopefully this article on thrush in infants has
helped you restore your baby's good health.
Healthy, Smiling Baby Back. Click Here to Learn How to Get
Rid of His or Her Thrush
Top of Thrush
Dealing With Yeast