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Thrush in newborns mouth treatment

In infants and young children in the mouth may appear white patches on the tongue which resembles cottage cheese. In this case there is thrush in the mouth, from which the child disappeared, either alone or with the help of special ointments. What causes candidiasis in the mouth of infants and what are its symptoms? Find out in time that this problem should be done and how to help the baby get rid of her.

What is candidiasis of the baby's mouth?

Thrush in the mouth (oral candidiasis) is a fungal infection caused by the fungus Candida Albicans. This files most often occurs in infants and young children. This problem occurs every 20th newborn and every 7 minutes a child at the age of about 4 months. Than children older, the risk of infection is reduced. Usually, thrush in newborns mouth the treatment involves simple, easy to him and is completely harmless problem.

The fungus Candida in the human body there is naturally, and if all is in order, it is easy to cope with it. Only at the moment when the immune system for some reason weakened, comes in an overgrowth of the fungus, resulting in the development of thrush in infants.

In babies thrush may not cause any problems, however, can cause. Some children suffer from problems related to eating, anxiety or stomach pain. If the fungus affects the baby's mouth, where it is intensively propagated, most likely, also overgrowth occurs in the intestines, which causes undesirable fermentation.

Meet Candida Albicans!

Candida Albicans is a fungus belonging to the genus Candida, which includes approximately 150 different species. About 80% of all cases of candidiasis in humans is called Albicans. It is found not only in humans but other warm-blooded animals. However, that man is Candida Albicans the main host.

Candida Albicans got its name from the whitish colonies that fungus forms on fertile soil. The cells of the fungus Candida Albicans round, egg or oblong with a size of 4-8 µm. Reproduction occurs by budding. This means that of the parent cell grows small subsidiary cells.

What are the symptoms of candidiasis in your mouth?

The main symptom is white as flour, coating on the tongue babies or white spots in mouth other places. The coating may look like cottage cheese, it is difficult to erase. If it rubs off easily, with the highest probability, we are talking about traces of milk, not about candidiasis.

Children usually do not look like they bother spots in your mouth, however if they cause pain, the child may refuse feeding or breastfeeding to look away.

Thrush also occurs along with the rash caused by the same infection that should be treated simultaneously.

When to see a doctor?

Thrush in children is not a serious disease, but talk with your pediatrician about treatment. In case there is any doubt about the diagnosis, the doctor will perform a cheek swab, the sample sent to the laboratory for testing.

Why do I get thrush?

The fungus Candida Albicans, as has been said, is present in the mouth in healthy people without causing any problems. But it can multiply and infect the oral membrane. Infants are at increased risk because their immune system is still underdeveloped and therefore they are more susceptible to infections. This especially applies to premature babies (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy).

Candidiasis also occurs in children who recently took antibiotics, because the drugs in this group reduce the amount of healthy bacteria in the mouth and, conversely, contribute to the reproduction of the fungus.

If the woman is breastfeeding while taking antibiotics she may be infected and transmit the infection to the baby through breast milk.

Candidiasis and breastfeeding

For some children, thrush can be a big problem, some does not prevent. However, there is a risk that this infection in the mouth can be painful,consequently, the child refuses breast-feeding or eating, in General.

Baby during breast-feeding can also infect the mother's nipple, which leads to further trouble. Often also mother and child (if breastfed) "share" this infection because mothers also have candidiasis on the nipple.

In this case, the mother often has no chest, no white coatings, the symptom may be a tingling or light pain during breastfeeding, and nipples are sensitive to touch and cold, may be reddened.

How to treat candidiasis?

Initially, treatment of thrush in babies lies in... his absence. The child's immune system to cope with the problem alone, and candidiasis disappears. It is recommended to boil pacifiers, and children to give lactic bacteria to support the immune system.

However, if damage is more extensive – on the tongue, gums, etc., it is advisable to contact your pediatrician. Previously, the most often prescribed solution Genzianella, which the child with a cotton swab smeared the affected areas. Modern medicine uses Citrovita or Pagawa. There are also homeopathic medicines that can help in solving the problem.

If the baby is breastfed, it is advisable to treat the nipples and areola, so that the infection is not transmitted to the chest. The mother should adjust the diet, limiting sugary foods, baked goods, eat more vegetables, including garlic and onions, and take probiotics. For a child it's also reasonable adjustment of the diet to support further spread of the fungus.


In rare cases, the doctor may prescribe an alternative and effective remedy is Nystatin. It has the shape of drops, are applied with an applicator directly to affected areas, or gel form.

As a rule, the drug has no side effects, and children tolerate it without any problems.

Therapeutic course lasts for 2 days after disappearance of symptoms, it prevents a relapse of the infection. If the coating in your mouth after a week of treatment does not disappear, consult your pediatrician.

Should be treated, and mom!

As mentioned above, treatment should mom. Very important role plays compliance of anti-fungal diet (with the exception of sugar and sweet fruits, white flour, caffeine), probiotics, the consumption of dairy products.

It is also good to include the consumption of auxiliary means, such as grapefruit seed extract, which has strong antifungal effects. In this respect it can be noted coconut oil (internally), which is another valuable natural product with activity against fungus.

But what about the gentian violet?

Many doctors still recommend gentian violet. However, in relation to its use there are conflicting opinions, some experts on the Carcinogenicity of this drug! Therefore, some experts oppose its use in young children.

Your doctor may prescribe a different antifungal agents that are suitable for a child. Finally, you can also find help with homeopathy. There are various homeopathic medicines which are designed specifically for the treatment of thrush in children. But always consult an experienced homeopath!

If the baby with thrush in the mouth is not breastfed, it is necessary to ensure strict hygiene bottles and nipples, otherwise the infection will return again and again.

The sprinting…

Combating fungal infection is often running long distance. Despite the fact that the white coating can be eliminated without too much difficulty, it just as easily could come back again. Relapse often occurs when the weakening of the immune system, after overcoming the disease, and even older children.

What to do if nothing helps?

On Internet forums and chat rooms you can read a lot of "guaranteed" tips on how to get rid of thrush. Along with the aforementioned gentian violet are sometimes recommended tea tree oil, lavender oil, homeopathic antifungal ointment. Probably needless to say that before using any means, even the natural, you should consult with a specialist!

Some children get rid of candidiasis in a few days, others the healing process takes longer. But the truth is that your child fully recover from white patches when his immune system will again begin to function fully. And it can sometimes, despite all your efforts to take some time.

How to prevent yeast infections in children?

It is unclear whether prevention works. It is recommended to sterilize pacifiers, bottles and all the toys that a child puts in his mouth. After changing diapers, wash your hands thoroughly, because the infection can infect you through the digestive system of the baby.

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