Oral thrush is a common infection in babies, but you can help prevent it: If you formula-feed your baby or use a pacifier, thoroughly clean the nipples and pacifiers in hot water or a dishwasher after each use. That way, if there’s yeast on the bottle nipple or pacifier, your baby won’t be reinfected.
Why do babies get thrush in their mouth?
Breastfed babies can also develop thrush in their mouths. Thrush infections sometimes happen when your nipples become cracked or damaged. This means the candida fungus that causes thrush can get into your nipple or breast. Thrush infections can also happen after you or your baby has had a course of antibiotics.
Will thrush in babies mouth go away on its own?
Thrush often goes away on its own in a few days. Your provider may prescribe antifungal medicine to treat thrush. You paint this medicine on your baby’s mouth and tongue. If you have a yeast infection on your nipples, your provider may recommend an over-the-counter or prescription antifungal cream.
Why is my babies thrush not going away?
However, if you think you have thrush and it’s not going away it’s easy to treat so make an appointment with your family doctor. You and your baby both need to be treated since the infection can be passed back and forth between you. Your GP may decide to give your baby some antifungal medicine.
How can I treat my baby’s thrush at home?
Diluted baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) may also combat the symptoms of thrush. Dissolve one-half teaspoon of baking soda in one cup of warm water, and apply to your child’s thrush with a cotton swab. You can also apply the paste on the mother’s nipples before breastfeeding.
How long does it take for thrush to go away in babies?
What to Expect: With treatment, thrush usually clears up in 4 to 5 days. Without treatment, it clears up in 2-8 weeks.