Topic: Infant Health Care
This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about thrush. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.
WHAT IS THRUSH?
Thrush is a yeast infection in the baby’s mouth. Thrush may be transmitted to the baby as the baby passes through the birth canal, by contaminated feeding utensils, pacifiers, nipples or by improper handwashing by caregivers. It is more likely to occur after an illness. The use of antibiotics may be a contributing factor. The infection spreads rapidly on the lining of the mouth in areas abraded by prolonged sucking (as when a baby sleeps with a pacifier). Thrush may also occur when your child is taking antibiotics. Thrush is not contagious.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY CHILD HAS THRUSH?
When your baby has thrush, it looks like he or she has patches of milk on the inside of the cheeks and tongue that will not wash off. Symptoms may include soreness of the mouth or refusal of feedings, but this is very rare.
HOW DO I TREAT MY CHILD?
Your doctor may prescribe a medication used to treat thrush called Nystatin suspension. Give 1ml. of Nystatin four times daily. Place it in the front of the mouth on each side (it does not do any good once it is swallowed). If the thrush is not improving, rub the Nystatin directly on the affected areas with a cotton swab or with gauze wrapped around your finger. Apply it after meals or do not feed your baby anything for 30 minutes after application. Do this for at least seven- days or until all the thrush has been gone for three days. If you are breast feeding, apply Nystatin to any irritated areas on your nipples. Call your doctor if your child refuses to drink, the thrush gets worse during treatment or the thrush lasts beyond 10 days.
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