oral thrush

Oral thrush is a condition in which the fungus Candida albicans accumulates on the lining of baby's mouth.

Oral thrush causes creamy white lesions, usually on her tongue or inner cheeks. The lesions can be painful and may bleed slightly when baby scrapes them. Sometimes oral thrush may spread to the roof of baby's mouth, gums, tonsils or the back of her throat.

Creamy white lesions on baby's tongue, inner cheeks and sometimes on the roof of her mouth, gums and tonsils
Lesions with a cottage cheese-like appearance
Slight bleeding if the lesions are rubbed or scraped
Cracking and redness at the corners of baby's mouth
Trouble feeding, fussy

Oral thrush can usually be diagnosed simply by looking at the lesions, but sometimes a small sample is examined under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis.

Your doctor may prescribe a mild antifungal medication for your baby and an antifungal cream for your breasts.
If your baby uses a pacifier or feeds from a bottle, rinse nipples and pacifiers in a solution of equal parts water and vinegar daily and allow them to air dry to prevent fungus growth.
If you use a breast pump, rinse any of the detachable parts that come in contact with your milk in a vinegar and water solution.

If you're breast-feeding and develop a fungal infection, using pads will help prevent the fungus from spreading to your clothes. Look for pads that don't have a plastic barrier, which can encourage the growth of candida. If you're not using disposable pads, wash the nursing pads and your bras in hot water with bleach.

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    This is GREAT information! My children never had oral thrush but I know many who had the problem! Remember that older children can get Oral thrush too ... my brothers got it from touching a wild turtle!
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