Oral thrush is quite common among infants until they reach the age of 5 or 6 months. This is caused by an overgrowth of the Candida Albicans yeast fungi, which can also cause diaper rash. Oral thrush is found inside the mouth, often as white patches or sores on the inside of the cheeks, on the gums, the tongue or the lips.
Babies can easily get oral thrush if rubber nipples used for feeding them are not washed properly after use. A mother who has vaginal yeast infections during delivery may also pass on her yeast infection to her baby. Sometimes, even caregivers in the nursery who have yeast infections can pass the infection to babies.
Oral thrush among babies can cause pain and make babies uneasy and irritable. You can try the following home remedies that can prevent you and your baby from getting oral thrush:
The yeast fungi, Candida Albicans that is responsible for yeast infections does not thrive in acidic environments. Use a few drops of pure apple cider vinegar around your nipples after breastfeeding. Air dry your nipples preferably under the sun because yeast fungi also do not multiply under hot conditions.
If you have already been diagnosed with a yeast infection, taking yeast-free foods is one of the best home remedies for thrush. Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables, avoid foods high in sugar and yeast, and eliminate all processed foods in your diet such as sauces and canned goods. Minimize your intake of carbohydrates, because yeast feasts on carbs and sugar. Changes in your diet may not immediately bring results but they can also increase your immunity and your baby’s as well, if you are nursing him.
Acidophilus, or more commonly known as probiotics help in restoring the normal balance of good and bad bacteria in the system. You can buy an acidophilus capsule, create a paste from the granules and sprinkle on the infected area. You can rub it on your nipples if you are breastfeeding, or mix one teaspoon of acidophilus with your baby’s milk and give this to him at least once a day.
You should also rinse your baby’s mouth after each feeding by having your baby drink a small amount (about half an ounce) of boiled water. Let the water cool before giving it to your baby. You can also use a small piece of clean absorbent cotton, and either wipe your baby’s tongue with it or let your baby suck on it to clean his mouth.
These are easy home remedies for thrush in infants. You should always consult your doctor if you suspect that your baby suffers from oral thrush and is constantly irritable or uneasy because of it.