Thrush is the commonest yeast infection in babies. Babies of age 2 months or below are vulnerable to the infection. It is a fungal infection, caused by candida albicans. By and large, the infection tends to subside in 2 weeks. It is very essential that both mother and the baby be treated simultaneously.
Symptoms Of Thrush In Babies
Commonly seen symptoms and manifestations are:
- White thrush in the baby’s mouth like white milk-like in the mouth, inside the cheeks, gum, cheeks, and palate.
- It will not come off easily when you rub it.
- When you rub it, a red, inflamed area can be seen underneath, which may bleed.
- Babies may refuse the feed or fuss while nursing and may not be able to suck properly. They will cry a lot and be restless.
The infection may return even after complete treatment. Individuals having a compromised immune system, thrush can be very serious, like in cancer or HIV infection.
The infection may spread to the bowels, and nutrition suffers considerably. Organs that are commonly affected by thrush are: the GI tract, liver and lungs.
Home Remedies For Thrush In Babies
The following food prescriptions and home remedies exert a beneficial effect on thrush in babies:
- Yogurt provides the body with healthy bacteria that help fight the yeast infection. Consuming yogurt as well as applying some on the infection is recommended. Wipe off after half an hour.
- Baking soda cures thrush too. Add 1 spoon of baking soda to a glass of water, and stir. Dip a cotton swab in the solution and apply over the affected area. You may apply it inside the baby’s mouth, after every feed.
Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple cider vinegar is another wonderful home remedy. Mix 3 spoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water and apply.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Grapefruit seed extract exerts powerful anti fungal effects and this makes it effective in treating thrush in babies.
- Experts advocate using garlic oil. Garlic has potent anti septic properties; it fights the most stubborn of infections speedily.
Getting Rid Of Thrush In Babies
- The most vital thing to remember is to maintain utmost hygiene, keep the area clean by washing frequently with water. Avoid using soaps, bath gels, etc.
- Steer clear of sugary foods; the fungus thrives on sugar.
- Abstain from administering steroids.
- Make your baby wear clothes made of natural material; synthetic materials worsen the condition.
- Clean the baby’s bottles, comforters, pacifiers, etc. in hot water. This will prevent a spread of the infection, prevent continuation of the infection and ensure speedy healing.