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My baby has been showing signs of oral thrush - how can I effectively treat it and prevent its recurrence?

Hi everyone,

I'm a new mom and my baby has been exhibiting symptoms of oral thrush. I noticed that there are white patches on their tongue, inner cheeks, and gums, and they seem to be fussier than usual during feedings. I'm concerned about my little one's health and want to treat the thrush effectively to prevent its recurrence.

What are some ways I can treat oral thrush at home? Should I be taking my baby to the pediatrician for treatment? What are the best ways to prevent oral thrush from coming back once it's been treated? Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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juvenal.pacocha

Hello everyone,

I recently had a tough time dealing with oral thrush in my baby. The patches on his tongue and inside his mouth made him really uncomfortable and he seemed to be having a hard time swallowing any liquid.

To treat the thrush, I followed the doctor's prescription and applied an antifungal medication four times a day. I also massaged his gums with a small, soft brush to stimulate circulation and promote healing.

To prevent the thrush from recurring, I took care to sterilize all his feeding equipment, pacifiers, and toys. I also made sure to keep my hands clean and used a mild soap to clean his mouth at least twice a day.

I found out that changing my baby's diaper frequently and keeping his skin dry and clean also helped prevent the recurrence of the thrush since candida, the fungus responsible for thrush, thrives in moist and warm environments.

Finally, I incorporated probiotics in his diet by adding a small amount at meal times. This helped build up his immune system and kept candida levels in check.

I hope my experience helps other parents struggling with oral thrush in their babies. Remember, with proper care and attention, this condition can be effectively treated and prevented from recurring.

angel06

Hello,

My son had oral thrush when he was around eight months old, and it was really difficult for me to watch him struggle. He had a hard time eating and was constantly crying.

The first thing I did was take him to his pediatrician, who prescribed an antifungal medication. In addition to the medication, I took some extra measures at home. I made sure to sterilize everything that he put in his mouth, including his toys, pacifiers, and bottles. I also washed my hands frequently and used a disinfectant on any surfaces that I knew he would come into contact with.

I also changed his diet to help prevent the thrush from recurring. I avoided giving him sugary foods and drinks, and made sure he was getting enough vitamins and minerals in his meals. I also made sure to keep him hydrated and offered him water regularly to help flush out any toxins in his system.

To soothe his discomfort, I applied a small amount of coconut oil to his gums and around the white patches. The oil has natural antifungal properties and helped to reduce the inflammation in his mouth.

Overall, it took a few weeks for the thrush to completely go away, but with patience and care, we were able to conquer it. I'm happy to say that my son is healthy and happy, and he has not had an issue with oral thrush since.

lesch.laurence

Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear that your baby is experiencing oral thrush. My little one also had a case of thrush when she was a few months old, so I completely understand your concerns.

When my baby had thrush, I first made an appointment with her pediatrician. The doctor prescribed an antifungal medication, which we used for about 10 days until the thrush cleared up. Along with the medication, I also used a soft cloth and warm water to gently wipe her mouth after feedings to remove any milk or formula residue that could contribute to the growth of thrush.

To prevent the thrush from coming back, I made sure to sterilize all bottles, pacifiers, and breastfeeding equipment after each use. I also washed my hands frequently and made sure that anyone who held or fed my baby had clean hands as well. Additionally, I avoided giving my little one sugary foods and drinks, as these can also contribute to the growth of oral thrush.

I hope this helps, and I hope your baby feels better soon!

mjohnson

Hi there,

I had a similar experience with my baby when she was around four months old. I noticed white patches on her tongue and cheeks, and she seemed to be in discomfort during feedings.

I took her to see her pediatrician, who confirmed that she had oral thrush. The doctor prescribed an antifungal medication, which we used for a week. During that time, I made sure to keep her mouth clean by gently wiping it with a moistened gauze after each feeding, taking care not to rub too hard.

In addition to following the doctor's instructions, I also took some natural remedies to help boost my baby's immune system. I made sure she got plenty of sleep, which is important for the body to fight off infections. I also gave her probiotics, which can help restore the balance of bacteria in the gut and prevent the growth of candida, a type of fungus that can cause thrush.

To prevent thrush from recurring, I continued to sterilize all her feeding equipment and toys regularly. I also made sure to wash my hands thoroughly before handling my baby, and tried to avoid giving her pacifiers or teething toys that couldn't be sterilized.

I hope this helps, and trust your baby will be feeling better soon.

hoeger.nickolas

Hi,

My baby had oral thrush when he was just a month old. I was really worried because he was having difficulty latching to my breast during feeding, and he seemed to be in discomfort.

I took him to his pediatrician, who confirmed that he had oral thrush. The doctor prescribed an antifungal medication, which we used for about ten days until the thrush cleared up. I also made sure to gently wipe his mouth with a wet cloth after each feeding and sterilized all of his feeding and teething equipment regularly.

To help prevent thrush from recurring, I made a few changes to our daily routine. I breastfed him often as breast milk contains antibodies that can help fight off infections. I also tried to keep him from using pacifiers and teething toys excessively, since these can contribute to the growth of thrush.

I also took care to reduce my own sugar intake and incorporated more nutrient-rich foods into our diets. This helped boost our immune systems and keep candida, a type of fungus that can cause thrush, under control.

I hope this helps and that your baby recovers soon. Don't worry too much, with proper care, oral thrush can be effectively treated and prevented from recurring.

meta.labadie

Hello there,

I had a similar experience with my baby girl when she was around six months old. I noticed white patches on her tongue and cheeks, and she also experienced discomfort during feedings.

After taking her to her pediatrician, I was prescribed an antifungal medication which I applied inside her mouth with a clean swab. The medication was to be applied after each feeding and we continued this for seven days.

To prevent thrush from recurring, I took extra steps to keep all her feeding equipment sterilized and thoroughly cleaned. I also sterilized her pacifiers, teething toys, and any other toys that she put in her mouth. I made sure to change her pacifiers and teethers often as well.

I also took a natural approach to boost her immune system, by providing her with nutrient-rich foods and vitamins. I also breastfed her as often as possible, as breast milk has natural antimicrobial properties that help prevent the growth of thrush.

I hope these tips are helpful for you and your baby. Thrush can be frustrating to treat, but with time and care, your baby should start to feel better soon.

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