Being a parent is one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences. One of the most common issues parents face with is thrush (in babies).
It’s an uncomfortable condition for your little one, but fortunately, it’s also easy to treat.
Let’s take a closer look at what thrush is, how you can detect it, and what treatments are available.
What is thrush?
Thrush is a fungal infection caused by Candida Albicans (yeast) that commonly affects babies’ mouths.
It appears as white patches on the inside of the baby’s cheeks or on their tongue that look like cottage cheese.
These patches may be accompanied by redness, soreness, and/or inflammation around the affected area(s).
Thrush can also affect other parts of the body such as the diaper area or armpits.
How can I detect thrush in babies?
The most obvious sign of thrush in babies is white patches in their mouth or on their tongue.
However, some babies may not show any signs until later stages when more severe symptoms appear such as difficulty breastfeeding due to pain from ulcers or redness around their nipples from yeast infections.
If you suspect your little one has thrush but aren’t sure, contact your doctor for an evaluation and treatment advice.
Treatments for thrush in babies
Fortunately, there are several treatments available for thrush in babies such as anti-fungal medications prescribed by your doctor or over-the-counter creams and ointments for topical application at home.
There are also natural remedies such as swabbing apple cider vinegar onto affected areas or rinsing your baby’s mouth with diluted hydrogen peroxide solution (1 part hydrogen peroxide to 2 parts water).
Additionally, probiotics are thought to help build up good bacteria levels that can help fight off the bad ones causing thrush.
Finally, no matter how much research you do beforehand or how prepared you think you are, being a parent comes with its own set of surprises—including dealing with common issues like thrush in babies when they arise.
Knowing what signs and symptoms to look out for will help ensure you catch it early so you can get your little one feeling better quickly!
With proper diagnosis and treatment from your doctor combined with natural remedies at home, your baby will be back to normal before you know it!