Like all new moms, post my delivery, the only thing I did was feeding my sweet little bundle of joy, gently stroking her hair looking at her cute eyes, nose, cheeks, little toes and fingers.It was then I noticed white patch/spots on my baby’s tongue which looked like paneer, thick curd or cottage cheese.I thought it could be the milk residue as my baby is breastfed.The presence of that white patch had no visible effects on my baby, no pain or soreness, but its appearance made me scared, and I decided to visit the pediatrician.
She told that the white patch could be thrush/yeast infection, caused by the fungus Candida albicans.
Thrush or the white patch can be seen
• Inside the cheeks
• On the roof of the mouth
• On the tongue
• On the gums
• Commonly found in babies of two months and younger, but could appear in older babies as well.
Causes of Thrush :
In babies thrush can be due to,
• Overgrowth of yeast in baby’s mouth triggered by the hormonal changes after birth
• Reduced level of healthy bacteria allowing Candida to spread , if the baby is on antibiotics .
As a mom you can pass Candida to your baby ,
• Through your birth canal during labour
• If you are taking antibiotics post the birth of baby.These antibiotics kill off the good bacteria that keeps yeast in check
• If you are breastfeeding while having thrush
How to confirm the white patch is thrush or not?
With a clean finger, gently rub on the patch area. If it comes off easily, it’s not thrust but the residue of milk fed. If it doesn’t then its thrust. Thrush can also pass through a baby’s digestive system to its bottom causing nappy rash. It might be sore with red spots. You may consult your pediatrician if you see white patches and she/he would prescribe an oral antifungal treatment which can be applied on to the infected area with a cleaned finger. Always wash your fingers before and after treating the baby to avoid infection.
How can we prevent Thrush ?
• Sterilize thoroughly the pacifiers, bottles, feeding equipments and teethers used by the baby
• Use hot water option at 60 degree c for washing baby’s clothes as it will kill the fungus
• Be sure to wash your nipples thoroughly with water and let it dry completely between feeds.
My baby was given ‘Candid mouth paint’ which I apply once a day on her tongue with a clean finger . I can see her making funny faces every time it is applied. Voila! Her white patches are getting removed off and I can see her healthy pink tongue whenever she gives me her ‘all gums ‘ grin and coos :) !!
How did you keep thrush at bay ? Do share !
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