It’s a form of a yeast infection caused by bacteria in the mouth. While thrush typically occurs in and/or around a baby’s mouth, it’s not limited to the mouth. Because it is a yeast infection it can spread to other areas of your baby’s body, causing issues such as diaper rash. Thrush occurs because small amounts of yeast are always present in the mouths and digestive tracts of most healthy people. However, the bacterium does not often turn into infection because it is moderated by other healthy bacterium in the body.
When a child becomes ill, however, thrush can occur. Fortunately, thrush is not a very painful infection for infants and newborns. Most do not even know there is anything wrong with them. Some infants and newborns, however, do experience mild discomfort when sucking. This potentially causes issues when eating from a bottle or nursing. If you suspect your infant has baby thrush symptoms, simply check around and inside of his or her mouth. You’ll notice little white bumps. If you try to rub or scratch the bumps of ff your newborn’s face, they may bleed slightly. The lesions typically occur inside your child’s mouth on top of his or her tongue or on the inside of his or her cheeks. They take on a very cottage cheese-like appearance.
While your child’s pediatrician can prescribe medication to handle your baby’s thrush, there are methods you can take to ensure that the infection does not return. It’s important to know that treating the infection is effective, but not treating other factors of your household can cause it to return quickly. Anything that your baby sucked on with thrush should be cleaned thoroughly after each use. This includes everything from his or her pacifier to bottle nipples and teething rings. Additionally, if you are a breast feeding mother, you’ll want to keep your nipples clean before and after each feeding to ensure you don’t get thrush. If you happen to notice your nipples turning red and painful, you have thrush. You can pass it back and forth with your baby if you’re not careful and diligent about cleaning.
How Do Babies Get Thrush?
Thrush in infants and newborns is caused by a bacterial infection. Typically, the infection is not caused by germs in the air or someone coughing nearby, such as a common cold or the flu. It is, however, caused by several different factors. A baby taking specific medications for other health issues might be more susceptible to getting thrush. Adults who suffer from oral thrush might get it from stress and pass it along to their babies by kissing them or even sticking their pacifier in your mouth for a second to free up a hand for more important endeavors.
Most cases of infant thrush are caused by a weakened immune system. Even a small cold in a baby can cause the good bacteria in his or her body to weaken, allowing the harmful bacteria that causes yeast to multiply and cause thrush.
If your baby has thrush, you’ll want to get it treated by your doctor. While it’s not typically painful in small children, it can cause them to have difficulty feeding. Your child’s pediatrician can help you treat the infection easily and quickly. If you notice that the infection reoccurs after treatment is complete, you might want to consider factors inside your house. Oftentimes the infection returns because it is living on something your baby puts in his or her mouth frequently. For example, the infection could be on a pacifier, on a bottle nipple, or on your nipples. Nursing mothers are susceptible to thrush. Baby can pass it on to his or her mom through breast feeding. This causes the nipple to become red and painful. If this happens, you could then pass the infection back to the baby while nursing.
What Causes Thrush In Babies?
The most common cause of thrush in babies is a weakened immune system. If your baby has a small cold, he or she could get thrush. It’s caused by bacteria in the mouth called Candida, which is yeast. When yeast in your baby’s mouth begins to grow excessively, it means his or her immune system is not functioning properly. This could happen because of an illness or even medication your child’s doctor has prescribed for him or her.
Additionally, thrush is caused by nursing. If your child is a breast fed baby and suffers from thrush, you might suffer from it as well. It can happen on your nipples. You’ll know this when your nipples become red and painful after nursing. They might stay this way for several days unless you get them treated. Your child’s pediatrician can recommend treatment for both you and your baby. However, if you neglect to treat your own thrush, you will cause continuous infections in your baby. Each time you nurse your baby, you pass the infection back and forth to one another.
Antibiotics that cause thrush consist mostly of antibiotics that treat bacterial infections. These antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria, including good bacteria. When good bacteria are killed, bad bacteria might overgrow rapidly. This is what causes thrush. You’ll notice the infection in your baby by checking for symptoms. If your baby seems to have an issue sucking all of a sudden, it might because your child has thrush and it is a little painful.
Another symptom of thrush is a white cottage cheese-like grouping of bumps on your baby’s mouth as well as inside his or her mouth. They can occur on the lips, inside the lips, on the sides of the baby’s cheeks, and on the tongue. Trying to rub them off could cause bleeding, which is not an added concern to your baby’s health.
If you suspect your toddler or newborn has thrush, it’s important that you have it treated right away. While it’s not the most painful infection a child experiences, it is uncomfortable.