Thrush

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Care at Home

  • DECREASE SUCKING TIME TO 20 MINUTES PER FEEDING:   * Reason: Too much sucking can irritate the lining of the mouth. This makes it more prone to a yeast infection.  A common example of this is when a baby sleeps with a bottle. * For severe mouth pain with bottle feeding, don't use a bottle. Reason: The nipple can make pain worse. * Try giving fluids in a cup, spoon or syringe instead.
  • LIMIT PACIFIER USE:   * Too much sucking on a pacifier can irritate the mouth. * Limit pacifier use to times when nothing else will calm your baby. * If your infant is using an orthodontic pacifier, switch to a smaller, regular one. Reason: Bigger ones can cause more friction in the mouth. * Special washing or boiling of pacifiers or bottle nipples is not needed nor helpful.
  • BREASTFEEDING: * If the mother's nipples are red and sore, it's probably a yeast infection. * Use Lotrimin cream on the nipple area. * No prescription is needed. * Put it on 4 times per day AFTER feedings.
  • DIAPER RASH: * If there's a bad diaper rash, it can also be due to yeast. * Use Lotrimin cream on the diaper rash. * No prescription is needed. * Put it on 4 times per day. * See DIAPER RASH care guide.
  • RETURN TO CHILD CARE: * Thrush cannot be spread to others, since it does not invade normal skin. * Your child can go to child care with thrush.
  • WHAT TO EXPECT:   * With treatment, thrush usually clears up in 4 to 5 days. * Without treatment, it clears up in 2-8 weeks.
  • CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF: * Starts drinking less than normal * Your child becomes worse
  • ANTI-YEAST MEDICINE: * Your doctor will probably prescribe an anti-yeast liquid medicine. Use it as follows: * Use 1 ml (2 ml if over age 1 month). Place in the front of the mouth on each side. Also, put it wherever you see the thrush. It doesn't do any good once it's swallowed. * Do this 4 times per day. * If the thrush isn't getting better, rub the medicine directly on the thrush. Use a cotton swab to do this. * Don't feed your baby anything for 30 minutes after the medicine. * Keep this up for at least 7 days. Also, continue it until all thrush has been gone for 3 days.
  • WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: * Thrush is common during the early months of life. * It's caused by a yeast infection in the mouth. Most often, it's due to prolonged sucking. * Thrush causes only mild discomfort. It's easy to treat at home. * Here is some care advice that should help until you call your doctor.

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