In the past 30 years, thrush in babies (or infant yeast infection) has become a commonly acquired infection in babies. It is making life difficult for both the baby and the parents. So what does thrush look like in babies? How do you know if your baby has thrush? The sooner you know whether your baby has thrush, the sooner you can decide which treatment plan to help your child. If left untreated, thrush sickness often get worse and can linger for a long time.
While thrush is normally not life-threatening, it can lead to significant health concerns. In general, it can weaken the baby’s immune systems. Ailments associated with baby thrush include gastrointestinal distress, food allergies, asthma and other diseases related to inflammation.
Baby mouth thrush is more than an annoyance; it can easily become chronic without the right kind of treatment. Thrush develops because a baby’s immune system is too weak to fight off the yeast that causes thrush. Once yeast takes hold, it excretes toxins and causes inflammation, putting on more stress on the immune system.
Symptoms Of Thrush In Babies
Oral thrush in infants can often be recognized as white, cheesy overgrowth on the tongue, lips, inner cheeks and even the roof of the mouth. Sometimes thrush in mouth on a baby will even spread to the back of the throat, which is very uncomfortable for your child. Thrush is often more irritable than normal, which may cause tummy trouble for the baby. Your child may be reluctant to nurse due to painful irritation on the mouth from the yeast overgrowth.
It is important to take note that having a white coating on the tongue does not necessary indicate thrush; sometimes it is just milk residue. If you’re unsure, consult your doctor to do a swab and culture any suspected yeast overgrowth for a certain diagnosis.
Treatments For Thrush In Babies
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Thrush is generally caused by the yeast strain candida albicans; however over the past decade different strains of yeast have become much more common. The yeast species can make the thrush even more difficult to treat, as many of them are more resistant to anti-fungal drugs.
Because anti-fungal drugs are frequently ineffective and have potential harmful side effects, natural treatments are gaining popularity. They offer more effective and healthy alternatives for treating infant and breastfeeding thrush.
Thrush treatments often need to be modified depending on how old is the baby. The factors to consider include whether the child is a baby, toddler or a preschool, and also if the mother has thrush as well. The most commonly used treatment for baby thrush will be probiotics. Probiotics are “helper germs” that
keep harmful yeast, bacteria and fungi in check. There are many different strains of probiotics and they have different beneficial effects.