Three years ago, when I became a mother for the first time and delivered a cute baby boy, there were many questions that came to my mind. How will I handle him? Will I be able to take care of him? As I live in a nuclear family setup, I was the only one to take care of my baby. As he grew day by day, I learnt many things on how should one handle a baby. I did everything possible to keep him healthy and give him good hygiene. But one day I saw a layer of white over his tongue while he was laughing. This got me worried as the layer was quite thick. I kept thinking about what it could be? How can this happen to him? Are you looking for the best ways to clean your baby’s tongue?
I visited my doctor and he explained to me that maintaining oral health of the baby is equally important as maintaining overall hygiene. He said baby’s tongue should be cleaned on daily basis to reduce the risk of infection. One of the most common and popular infections most babies suffer is ORAL THRUSH which is a fungal infection caused by candida albicans. Mouth thrush usually affects babies because their immune system is still developing which leads to low resistance to fight infections. In toddlers, it is much necessary to clean teeth and tongue on regular basis, as they keep on munching chocolates, toffee and sweets.
For my son’s overall health, I usually use home remedies rather than medicines or any other mode of treatment. Same for cleaning his mouth, I followed simple cleaning techniques.
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You can follow these basic steps to clean your baby’s tongue who is too young to do this by himself.
Mouth thrush is kind of fungal infection caused by the yeast Candida Albicans which is most common in babies.
According to National Health Services UK, around 1 in every 20 newborn babies suffer from oral thrush. Oral thrush usually happens to every 7 babies in the 4th week of life. After this, chances gets decreased gradually.
If you see a white coating on your baby’s tongue along with white patches in the inner part of cheeks which is familiar to curd or cheese stains and cannot be rubbed easily, then it’s a sign of oral thrush. Oral thrush even makes it difficult for baby to take feed.
Though it’s not a serious problem to consider, but if you feel its not subsiding or getting relieved, then it’s better to consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Nursing mothers should also maintain proper hygiene. Any infection in nipple can also cause mouth thrush in baby.
If your baby has oral thrush and you’re breastfeeding, there are chances for your baby to pass a thrush infection to you. This might affect your breasts and cause breast/nipple thrush.
#1. Pain while you’re feeding your baby, which may continue after the feed is finished.
#2. Cracked, flaky or sensitive nipples and areolas (the darker area around your nipple) which might cause excessive pain while feeding your baby.
#3. Changes in the colour of your nipples or areolas.
If you have nipple thrush/soreness, then there’s a risk of your baby passing thrush on to you.
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You’ll be advised to continue breastfeeding while using an antifungal cream such as miconazole to treat the infection after every feed to control infection. You should use the cream on your nipples after every feed and remove any that are left before the next feed with a soft damp cloth. This will avoid any medicine enter baby mouth.
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