What is Oral Thrush In Babies?
Oral Thrush in very common in babies. It is a harmless fungal infection within a babies mouth area which is normally caused by an overgrowth of Candida Albicans, which is simply a form of yeast.
Candida Albicans is always present within the bodies of adults and babies bodies, and normally lives within our mouths, intestines and groin areas. This yeast thrives in moist and warm environments,
and an overgrowth in your babies mouth area can often become visible as white patches.
What are the Symptoms of Oral Thrush In Babies?
Oral Thrush looks like white milk curds sometimes with a cottage cheese like texture that is present within the sides, roof, and sometimes the tongue of a baby’s mouth.
Not to be confused with milk residue, oral thrush is most common with babies 2 months and younger, and can appear in older babies as well.
Oral Thrush and Antibiotics.
Oral Thrush can occur naturally without any real identifiable cause, but sometimes it is caused by a course of antibiotics. Normal beneficial bacteria within the
mouth normally keep this natural yeast at bay and stop it from overgrowing, but if your baby has taken a course of antibiotics, the good bacteria can be killed off,
allowing the yeast Candida Albicans to overgrow, and cause Oral Thrush.
How to be sure that it is Oral Thrush?
Handy Tips For Identifying Oral Thrush In Babies
If you think that your baby may have Oral Thrush then here are 4 Tips to help you to Identify the symptoms:
Tip No 1 – Location.
Oral Thrush is located within the babies mouth area, and you will often see a thick white coating in various areas of the mouth including on the tongue, inside the cheeks,
on the gums and sometimes on the lips. A thin coating on the tongue alone may simply be milk.
Tip No 2 – Duration.
Are the white patches just at your babies feeding time, or are they still present over a period of weeks? Often milk residue will be present in and around the mouth at feeding
times, and even milk on the tongue can be present for weeks.
Tip No 3 – Can you wipe it off?
If you have tried to gently wipe of the white patches with your finger and it comes off easily, then the chances are that it is just milk. Oral Thrush in babies is harder to
wipe away, and if removed may lead to soreness and bleeding.
Tip No 4 – Other factors for consideration?
If your baby or a breast feeding mum has recently taken a course of antibiotics, and your baby has a raised red spotted nappy rash (possibly a yeast nappy rash),
together with suspicious white patches in and around the mouth then the chances are that oral thrush may be present.
Is Oral Thrush In Babies Contagious?
Although oral thrush can’t be passed from baby to baby, it can be passed back and fourth from Mother and Baby whilst breast feeding
Antifungal Medicine Treatment For Oral Thrush In Babies
Antifungal Medicine treatments are available through your local GP for oral thrush in babies depending on your babies age. If your baby is under 4 months old, then a liquid antifungal medicine called Nystatin may be recommended. Nystatin is administered direct to the effected area using a dropper. If you child is older than 4 months, then another antifungal treatment for babies with oral thrush is an antifungal gel called Miconazole. This gel is applied to the affected area sparingly (to avoid the possibility of choking) using a clean finger. Miconazole is not normally recommended for children younger than 4 months old due to the possible risk of choking. There are no known side effects when using Nystatin, although Miconazole has been known to cause a small number of babies to be sick, although this side effect normally passes.
Natural Complimentary Treatment For Oral Thrush in Babies
Natural complimentary treatments for babies with oral thrush can come in the food of probiotic powder treatments for babies. These probiotic powders which have been specially formulated for sensitive babies work by getting to the root cause of the problem, which is sometimes an overgrowth of Candida Albicans. These good bacteria within the probiotic powder help to combat the overgrowth of candida albicans, helping to re-store a more healthy balance of your baby’s micro organisms (god and bad bacteria), and ultimately helping to combat the oral thrush infection in your baby’s mouth.