Symptoms of Thrush in Babies
Thrush symptoms in your baby may include a white coating on your baby’s tongue. If the coating is on your baby’s tongue but nowhere else on the body, then it is probably just excess milk residue.
Thrush will not usually be limited to the tongue but will also be visible on the sides of your baby’s mouth too. This will also cause your baby to experience pain around their mouth too.
The first indicators of thrush symptoms you will notice is that your baby will be irritable with periods of crying when breastfeeding or sucking on a bottle. If this happens then look for signs of white patches on your baby’s mouth or tongue.
If you touch a white patch with a gauze-covered finger, the white stuff won’t come off to easily but if it does, it will leave a raw, red patch underneath.
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What are the causes of Thrush in Babies?
Even babies have Candida yeasts in their bodies under normal circumstances. Typically, other micro-organisms, like the good flora/ bacteria, keep the Candida in check.
Normally, neither you nor your baby will have any visible symptoms of thrush until there is a change in bacterial or floral balance, hormonal balance, stress levels, sleeping patterns that can quickly lower your immune function that trigger off the typical thrush symptoms.
Babies can get thrush from their mother. In fact, babies can get thrush from their mothers during pregnancy and the birth process. Babies are extremely vulnerable when passing through the birth canal, as they are exposed directly to fungal infections and other bacterial infections too. Some babies are more prone to the fungus than others.
Some people say that thrush can be contracted from sucking on a bottle or pacifier too much. The reality is that some babies are just more susceptible to thrush than others. No matter how careful you are, your baby may be vulnerable to thrush.
Some experts suggest that you give your baby sterilized water after breast-feeding or bottle-feeding to get rid of the milk residue. It is also advisable to make sure your nipples get a chance to dry between breast feeds.
If your baby is placed on antibiotics, be especially careful, as antibiotics are renowned for destroying good bacterial or flora that are essential for maintaining control over Candida and keeping the threat of thrush under control.
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