The moment parents notice the white, cottage cheese-like lesions that appear in their baby’s mouth, they begin to wonder if it’s thrush. Once they know for certain that the infection in their baby’s mouth is thrush, they begin wondering when thrush will go away. Most parents hope that the infection goes away on its own before much time passes. Other parents take their baby’s to the pediatrician right away to have the infection treated so that it will disappear as quickly as possible. What you decide to do is up to you. However, it’s important to know that there is no set time frame for the disappearance of thrush.
Left untreated, thrush can last for several days or weeks. If you attempt to treat the infection yourself, your baby might experience the disappearance of this bacterial infection in a few days or a week. If you take your baby to the doctor for a medical prescription to give your baby, thrush clears up very quickly. Knowing that thrush will clear up in a day or two with the help of antibiotics is the reason so many parents take their baby’s to the doctor right away.
If your baby’s thrush is being treated and doesn’t seem to go away when it should, it’s because you’re not doing everything you can to help it along. Whether you’re letting thrush go away on its own, treating it at home, or using prescribed medications, you have to do some serious sterilizing. After every feeding or use, anything that goes into your baby’s mouth must absolutely be sterilized. Teething rings, baby bottle nipples, and pacifiers must go into a pot of boiling water for at least 10 minutes each time. If you breast feed your baby, you will need to clean your nipples with water and soap before allowing them to air dry after each feeding. Without doing this, your baby is likely to continue suffering from thrush because it’s being passed back into his or her mouth each time one of these objects is used.
Can Thrush Harm Baby While Pregnant?
Thrush is really just a yeast infection. It is referred to as oral thrush when it occurs in a baby’s mouth. However, if you are pregnant, then your yeast infection affects your feminine body parts. Many pregnant women experience several yeast infections. While it’s not dangerous to you or your baby, it is very uncomfortable and will require some treatment. There is over-the-counter medication available for yeast infections as well as prescribed medications your doctor can recommend for you.
If you have a yeast infection while you are pregnant, you needn’t worry about the health of your unborn baby. Your baby is not affected by your yeast infection in utero. The only time you should worry about having a yeast infection during pregnancy is when you have it during childbirth. If you vaginally deliver a baby while suffering from a yeast infection, the infection can pass to your baby during birth. Fortunately, there is little to worry about in this scenario. If it is passed to your child’s private parts, it is going to cause a severe diaper rash that is easily treated. If it is passed to your child’s mouth during birth, your child’s pediatrician will recommend some medication for your baby to help ease the lesions and lessen any pain he or she experiences.
Otherwise, being pregnant with a yeast infection is not dangerous. It’s merely uncomfortable. You will want to have an infection treated during pregnancy, particularly at the end. If you are close to giving birth, you don’t want to pass the infection to your baby. Even though it’s relatively painless and not much cause for concern, it can cause your baby to experience pain while sucking. This can cause him or her to feel the urge to stop sucking. This can lead to difficultly latching on during nursing sessions. This could also lead to your baby’s inability to learn to latch on, resulting in your inability to breast feed.
What Does It Mean When A Baby Has Thrush?
When a baby has thrush, it means several things. It means something for your baby’s immune system, for your baby’s feeding, and for you. To begin with, your baby’s thrush means his or her immune system is not functioning properly. If your baby suffers from health problems in general, he or she likely has a weakened immune system that makes thrush more likely to occur. If your baby is sick with a cold, his or her immune system is also compromised. Additionally, if your baby is taking any type of antibiotic, it could interfere with the baby’s natural production of good bacteria, which fight the bad bacteria that causes thrush.
If your baby has thrush, he or she has a yeast infection in the mouth. This can cause issues when feeding if the lesions are numerous and painful. It could mean your baby will stop eating to relieve the pain, which could lead to dehydration. If your baby has thrush, it could result in your development of the infection. If you do breast feed, it’s likely that your baby is passing along the infection to you at each feeding. This could mean that your nipples will turn red and begin to hurt.
Additionally, if your baby has thrush, it means you will need to take part in extra sterilization processes at home on a regular basis. Your baby’s pacifiers, teething rings, and bottle nipples will need to go into a pot of boiling water on the stove for a minimum of 10 minutes each time your baby finishes using them. This will kill the yeast bacteria on each, preventing it from being passed back to your baby. Each time you nurse your baby you will need to thoroughly wash your breasts with water and gentle soap. You will also want to air dry them to prevent additional bacteria from forming.