Compare to the adults, babies are more vulnerable to infections and diseases, because of baby’s immune system hasn’t developed perfectly. One of the most vulnerable parts is the mouth because it is exposed to outside substances that might cause harm. Thus, infections and abnormalities are commonly found in the area. One of the diseases frequently occurs on the baby’s mouth is thrush.
What does thrush look like?
Thrush is commonly identified through cracked skin in the corner of the mouth, or it could appear as white patches that can’t be wiped away. It is a yeast infection caused by Candida Albicans fungus. It is usually found in the tongue or around the mouth.
Oral thrush is common in babies who are younger than six months old, and it could cause different symptoms. Some babies might feel uncomfortable with the thrush because it causing pain through the breastfeeding process, yet others might not show any discomfort.
What causes thrush?
Oral thrush is caused by Candida Albicans infections inside the mouth. Candida is normally found inside the mouth and digestive tract in a certain amount. In the case of a normal person, the immune system and good bacteria will keep Candida’s growth in check. On the other hand, Candida’s growth possibly causes harm for the babies whose immune system hasn’t perfect yet. The growth could exceed the normal amount and causes thrush. Oral thrush is also commonly found in the elderly or chemotherapy patient whose immune system is not functioned properly.
Is thrush contagious?
Candida albicans infection in your baby could also spread into mom’s nipple while breastfeeding the baby. A mother is more likely to be infected with thrush if she has cracked nipple or consuming antibiotics. Antibiotics can reduce the number of healthy bacteria in the body, which makes a person more vulnerable to the thrush infection.
Be aware of the infection symptoms since if you are infected and not being treated, the infection might happen back and forth between you and the baby. The symptoms commonly include pain, burning, or itching sensations, cracked, flaky, or sensitive nipples, and areola that is red or shiny.
How to get rid of baby thrush?
Consult a doctor if oral thrush symptoms are found in your baby. Oral thrush is commonly disappeared after two weeks, but it can cause pain to the baby troubling him/her to eat or drink. The doctors usually will give antibacterial drops to the baby to enhance the recovery process.
Make sure to also check whether or not the mom is also having nipple thrush. The treatment of nipple thrush and oral thrush should be done hand in hand to prevent the infection to reoccur and go back and forth between the mom and the baby.
Natural remedies for thrush in babies
If you are not comfortable with medication and you want to enhance the recovery process for your baby, you can use natural remedies. Remember that natural remedies still contains certain chemicals that might not be suitable for your baby, so it is better to consult your doctor first before adding them to the medication.
The first alternative for oral thrush is yogurt. Yogurt contains lactobacilli, which are good bacteria that can help to get rid of the fungus in the baby’s mouth. Please consult your doctor first to determine whether your baby is ready to eat yogurt or not.
The second alternative is virgin coconut oil (VCO). VCO contains caprylic acid that could help to suppress the fungus that caused oral thrush.
Vitamin C is also a good substance to fight oral thrush. Vitamin C will help to enhance the immune system that will fight the infection. It also helps in the recovery process. All the suggested alternative, even though labeled as natural, contains a certain chemical that might not be suitable for your baby. It is best to consult your doctor first before considering to use the alternative remedies.