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FutureStarrThrush in a baby
When I was three days old, my parents took me to a doctor for the first time. They put the little white gauze pad to my face and went outside the room to talk. The medical assistant watched the baby while I conked out.Both common and not usually serious, thrush in babies is a type of yeast infection that typically appears as white or yellow irregularly shaped patches or sores that coat your baby's mouth. Thrush often appears on the gums, tongue, roof of the mouth and/or insides of the cheeks.
White patches inside baby's mouth. A white coating or patches of white on the tongue, gums, inside cheeks or roof of the mouth can be a sign of thrush — or they can simply be caused by milk residue, which often stays on a baby’s tongue after feeding but usually dissolves within an hour. To tell whether or not your baby’s white tongue is caused by milk or this kind of fungal infection, try to wipe it off gently using a soft, damp cloth or a gauze-covered finger. If the tongue is pink and healthy-looking after wiping, no further treatment is necessary. If the white patch doesn't come off very easily, or it does and you find a raw, red patch underneath, it's likely thrush, and you should contact your pediatrician.
Thrush occurs when too much of a yeast called Candida albicans grows in a baby's mouth. Germs called bacteria and fungi naturally grow in our bodies. Our immune system helps keep these germs in check. But, babies do not have fully formed immune systems. That makes it easier for too much yeast (a type of fungus) to grow.Take a deep breath. Your baby has got every right to shout. This is probably an infection caused by a type of yeast called Candida albicans, and it’s better known as thrush when it’s in the mouth. It’s the most common oral fungal infection in infants. And while it’s not serious, it can be pretty uncomfortable. (Source: www.healthline.com)
If you are breast-feeding, it is possible that your baby can pass on thrush infection from their mouth to your nipples. This can be very painful for you. Your nipples can become cracked and sore, or sometimes red and shiny. See your doctor if you think that you may have thrush infection of your nipples. Your doctor may suggest some cream to apply to your nipples to clear up the infection.Newborns can have symptoms of Candida at birth or soon after. Thrush often appears in the mouth in the first few weeks or months of life.
If the nipples of a breast-feeding mother are affected, the infection may be passed on to the infant. It is not clear why some infants develop symtoms, while others do not. It’s not clear whether thrush infections can be prevented in babies because it happens for a range of reasons. If your baby has thrush follow the advice from your doctor or healthcare professional and be consistent with good hygiene practices, such as washing your hands after changing your baby’s nappy, sterilising feeding aids and washing items that come into contact with you and your baby. (Source: www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au)