Thrush is a fungal infection caused by Candida Albicans. While thrush is harmless, it can be annoying and painful. How will you know whether your baby has thrush? What are the symptoms of thrush in babies? Let's take a look!
White patches in your baby's mouth are an obvious symptom of thrush. Many parents do not think of thrush immediately and assume that the white patches they notice are simply milk residue. If your baby has milk in his mouth, this is easily wiped off with a cloth or gauze. Thrush, on the other hand, does not come off. The white patches can be seen on the inside of the cheeks, the roof of the mouth, and on the tongue. They can also appear on the baby's gums. The tissue affected will be red and can bleed. Your baby may refuse to nurse or be fussy at the breast or when you give a bottle.
Thrush can also cause a nasty diaper rash, and impacts the color of a baby's saliva. Your baby may make a clicking sound during feeding and frequently stop, as well as dribbling a lot more than usual. Thrush can result in poor weight gain, as it hurts the baby to feed. So, what is the treatment for thrush in babies?
Normally, no treatment is necessary and this annoying fungal infection will go away by itself. It is still advisable to see a doctor for monitoring and in some cases treatment to help thrush clear up. Remember that thrush can also affect your nipples. If you are breastfeeding, the infection can be passed back and forth between mother and child. If your nipples are red, sore or painful, and you have pain during breastfeeding, then talk to the doctor about this, too.