Most first time moms might not have heard but is quite common in oral thrush in babies. Oral thrush (oral candidiasis) is a fungal infection caused by a fungus ‘Candida’, that mostly occurs in and around the mouth of babies. While oral thrush can affect anyone – it is most common in babies below 6 months of age.
Thrush is characterized by a yellowish-white coating, white patches on the tongue, throat, inner cheeks, and the palate. Oral thrush can be completely harmless in most cases as it gets resolved on its own but if the fungus continues to grow; it can be uncomfortable and painful for the baby.
Note: One needs to be careful while identifying oral thrush in babies tongues as it will be white and patchy soon after breastfeeding as well.
Also, one should not try to scrape the baby’s tongue as it can make the tongue bleed. The cottony substance will not go away by scraping and even if it does; it will come back.
Symptoms of oral thrush can appear suddenly. These include:
Start with the below-mentioned home remedies only after the diagnosis is confirmed by your child’s pediatrician that your child has oral thrush.
Tea tree oil has many health benefits. One of them is its ability to treat thrush in your baby. Here is how you can use it to help your baby heal. This home remedy can be used for babies 3 months plus.
The antifungal properties of coconut oil make it the best choice for treating oral infections. This home remedy can be used for babies 0 months plus.
Grapefruit extract is a good home remedy but it is also bitter to taste. Grapefruit seed extract is a very good antimicrobial compound that can treat all kinds of fungal, bacterial and viral infections. This home remedy can be used for babies 3 months plus.
Baking soda is an age old home remedy that mothers use to treat thrush. It can easily treat mild cases of infant oral thrush without need of any medicines. This home remedy can be used for babies any age.
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Aloe vera is safe for use on babies. You can easily use this at home if you have a plant or use a store bought gel. It is very effective in treating the discomfort caused by oral thrush in babies. This home remedy can be used for babies 3 months plus.
Turmeric is well known for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Turmeric is suitable for treating oral thrush in babies older than 6 months. For infants it is best not to use this.
Note: This home remedy is highly effective in treating oral thrush. However, it is not suitable for infants who are less than 6 months of age.
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Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV has a strong taste, but it is very good in treating oral baby thrush. You can also add a few drops of apple cider vinegar to your nipples before each feed. This will help keep the nipple thrush away. This home remedy is only for babies 1 year and above.
Apart from the above remedies, you may also take certain measures to stop the infection from coming back:
If oral thrush doesn’t go away within two weeks, it is advisable to see a pediatrician so that he can prescribe an appropriate medicine.
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