Baby thrush is a problem for anyone who has a baby with a weakened or compromised immune system. While most healthy babies never experience thrush, some experience it on occasion. Babies with health issues are subject to more frequent infections due to their weakened immune systems.
Babies who do suffer from thrush tend to do so after a round of antibiotics or a cold. These both tend to compromise the immune system, making it difficult for your baby’s good bacteria to keep the yeast bacterium in your baby’s mouth from multiplying too rapidly.
When an oral yeast infection does occur, it’s called thrush. You can treat it with antibiotics prescribed by your child’s pediatrician, or you can try to treat it naturally at home. There are some risks to treating thrush naturally, though they’re not very serious risks. For example, one of the ways in which you can naturally treat thrush at home is with yogurt. By placing yogurt inside your baby’s mouth on the thrush legions and rubbing them in, you can kill the bacteria and clear up the infection.
The risk here is that some babies can’t handle dairy products this early. Additionally, doctors do not recommend giving baby’s milk products until at least one year. However, since your baby is not consuming the yogurt and you’re just rubbing it onto his or her lesions, chances of any sort of reaction occurring are very slim.
Another natural way to cure thrush naturally is with baking soda and water. When you mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a few ounces of water and place it in the baby’s mouth on his or her lesions, you will notice a significant improvement in the look of the lesions. Continue to do this until your baby’s thrush is completely gone.
Finally, you can use plantain seeds to clear thrush naturally. Simply place the seeds in water until they turn into paste. Once it is paste rub it on your baby’s thrush lesions and continue to do so until the infection is cleared up.
How Do I Clean A Baby With Thrush?
There are some serious considerations to make when it comes to cleaning a baby with thrush. To help, let’s start with the baby’s mouth and face. Babies need to be washed and bathed. If your baby has thrush, you don’t want to spread it to other body parts, which is very likely. Thrush is nothing more than an oral yeast infection, which means it can spread into his or her diaper region and cause a massive diaper rash.
Anytime you clean your baby’s mouth in an effort to see if any of the thrush lesions will disappear, expect minor bleeding. Do not use the same cloth anywhere else on your baby if you do this. Discard the cloth and get a new one. If you wash your baby’s face with a burp cloth, towel, or wipe, do not use it on any other portion of your baby to prevent the spread of the yeast bacteria to other body parts.
When it’s time to bathe baby, wash his or her body first and then wash his or her mouth and face. This helps to prevent using the same cloth on the body. Don’t forget to clean your baby’s sucking objects as well.
You’ll want to sterilize the bottle nipples and pacifiers that he or she uses each time they are used. Do this by boiling water and placing the nipples and pacifiers in the boiling water for 10 minutes. Do not forget to let these items cool completely off before you return them to your baby’s mouth to prevent serious and very dangerous burns from occurring.
How Do I Feed A Baby With Thrush?
Not all babies experience difficulty eating when they have thrush. However, there are always some babies with thrush lesions so severe that they make sucking painful for baby. This might mean your baby will stop feeding, no matter how hungry he or she feels. If your baby is not experiencing any difficulty feeding with thrush, there is nothing to worry about. You can continue your feedings as you normally would.
The only difference here is to ensure that everything you put in your baby’s mouth at feeding time is sterilized and cleaned before it is used again to prevent the reoccurrence of thrush. Bottle nipples should be placed in boiling water for no less than 10 minutes and allowed to dry and cool before they are used again.
The same goes for any pacifiers your baby uses. If you are a breast feeding mother, you’ll need to clean your nipples before and after each feeding. A warm, damp cloth and soapy water should be sufficient to help you. Allow your breasts to air dry once you clean them.
If your baby does experience any issues feeding due to pain from thrush, contact your baby’s pediatrician immediately. The worst thing you can do for your baby is to ignore the doctor and hope that his or her feeding gets better as time goes on. If pain prevents your baby from eating, it will cause your baby to become dehydrated.
A dehydrated baby is very dangerous. Your doctor will prescribe something called paracetamol suspension, which is designed to ease the pain and discomfort associated with thrush long enough to allow your baby to eat at feedings.
It is never okay to allow your baby to skip a feeding because of the pain of thrush. Even if you think that he or she will eventually eat due to hunger, you could be mistaken and your baby’s health could be at risk. Please do not allow your baby to forgo a feeding. Your baby’s pediatrician can help make feeding a baby with thrush simple for you and painless for your baby.