It is very common for young infants or babies to develop yeast infections or thrush in the mouth. This may be due to breastfeeding by a mother who is taking antibiotics, poor hygiene of bottle nipples or pacifiers, or in some cases from unknown reasons.
Always keep your child’s mouth clean, as well as any nipples or pacifiers that they use. Infants can have their mouth cleaned with warm water on a soft washcloth by gently wiping the tongue, roof of mouth, gums and inside of the cheeks. Mothers who breastfeed will want to use good hygiene habits to prevent the spread of infection to their child, and treat any yeast infections in themselves appropriately.
Treatment And Remedies
Infants that develop oral thrush should have all of their pacifiers or bottle nipples sterilized or thrown away. Using a soft washcloth to wipe the child’s mouth and remove some of the bacteria by improving hygiene can help the infection go away.
In severe cases, prescription medication such as pilocarpine or cevimeline may be used to manage xerostomia and get rid of dry mouth.
More Facts About Oral Thrush
The bacteria can be spread. You should change out your toothbrush. Infants with thrush should have pacifiers and bottle nipples sterilized or replaced. Most oral thrush infections should go away within two weeks.
Oral thrush is a yeast infection due to an imbalance of natural flora or bacteria in the mouth. Typically the infection is due to lack of adequate hygiene or a compromised immune system, allowing the bacteria to infect the area.
Most people who get oral yeast infections are the very young or elderly. Other people who get thrush of the mouth may have recently taken antibiotics, be diabetic, have a compromised immune system or smoke.
Usually thrush infections look like white film or velvet on the surface of the tongue or roof of the mouth. In some cases a red, raw patch of skin may also be visible.
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