Most of the time, we see babies crying while being breastfed by their mothers. They seem to be uncomfortable and cranky. And once we look into their mouth, a white patch on the tongue can be seen. This white patch is called oral thrush, a common fungal infection in babies.
Oral thrush is common in babies, especially the ones below the age of 6 months. The fungus that causes this infection is called candida that can live anywhere in the body, including the mouth and digestive tract.
A baby can contact candida through saliva or may have picked it through the birth canal if born vaginally. When the fungus grows more in a baby’s mouth, it becomes oral thrush. It causes sore patches in and around your baby’s mouth. These patches make a baby feel uncomfortable and painful to take feed.
Remember, this oral thrush can be transferred to your nipples if you breastfeed your baby, which can further cause you pain and discomfort, especially at the time of breastfeeding.
What Causes Oral Thrush in Babies?
The presence of candida is not a matter of worry, but it is vital to keep a deep check on your baby’s oral health. Oral thrush can happen if your baby is given antibiotics. Antibiotics also kill some ‘good bacteria’ that weaken the immune system and further allow these fungi’ growth.
Signs And Symptoms of Oral Thrush In Babies
If you suspect the presence of oral thrush in your baby, it is good to seek your doctor’s help for diagnosis and treatment. Here are the common signs and symptoms of oral thrush in babies.
How to prevent Oral Thrush in Babies?
How to Treat Oral Thrush in Babies?
In general, thrush goes by itself in few weeks, but it is helpful to seek your doctor’s advice in case of any need for antifungal treatment.#babycareandhygiene