If your baby seems to be unusually irritable or fussy, especially during feeding sessions, baby thrush might be to blame. Although it’s “just a small” infection in a baby’s mouth, you might be freaking out over it as your maternal instinct kick in. Let’s take a look at what it is and what can be done to clear up the problem as soon as possible.
What is baby thrush?
This is one of the most common fungal infections in babies. The fungus, Candida, grows in moist spaces like under a baby’s cute drooling lips and chin, inside their mouths, and even in the diaper area.
Because newborns have vulnerable immune systems, and because Candida is a naturally occurring fungus, it’s hard for a baby’s immune system to regulate and control it, which then leads to infection.
What does baby thrush look like?
Obviously, you’ve consulted doctor Google, which is actually not a good idea. To help you eliminate all the horrible possibilities from your mind, here’s what the most common symptoms of baby thrush are:
- Milky white patches inside your baby’s mouth or on the tongue
- Redness and moderate bleeding around the white lesions
- Cracking in the corners of the mouth
- Fussiness and pain when nursing or bottle-feeding
How can I treat baby thrush?
Thrush is something that generally clears up on its own, so the best you can do is to monitor the situation and make sure things don’t get any worse. In the meantime, here are some remedies that can help ease your baby’s discomfort.
- Use a prescribed gel that you can rub around the tongue and your baby’s mouth.
- Call on lactobacillus to prevent the growth of bacteria. To ensure your baby is getting enough of the lacto-stuff, feed them loads of yoghurt.
- Keep the breastfeeding flow going. A lot of moms think that it’s unsafe to breastfeed when their babies contract thrush, but it’s definitely Your breastmilk caters to your baby and might help fight off the infection.
- Try using coconut oil or tea tree oil. These oils are a great remedy for your nipples and the external surfaces of your baby’s mouth.