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treating baby oral thrush:
symptoms, causes and treatment

Oral thrush in babies and young children is quite common, but it's nothing to worry about, as it's relatively harmless and very easily treatable. 

child with oral thrush

baby thrush: what is it?

In babies, oral thrush looks like white patches on the insides of their cheeks and tongue. These patches can't be easily rubbed off – if you find you can remove the patches, then it's more likely to just be a coating of milk. Your baby may not be bothered by the patches, but they may also have trouble feeding if they're a bit sore. 


what should i do if i think my baby has thrush?

 

First of all, let your doctor know. They'll probably prescribe an anti-fungal medicine which will need to be used up to four times a day. You should keep giving your baby the medication for two days after the thrush has disappeared to help stop it popping up again. If, after a week, the treatment hasn't worked, give your GP another call.

 

breastfeeding a baby with oral thrush

If your baby does have oral thrush and you're breastfeeding, it's possible for you to catch the infection this way. The signs of nipple thrush include pain while feeding, cracked or flaky nipples that don't heal, a change in colour of your nipples and very itchy nipples. Your doctor is likely to advise you to keep breastfeeding while also using an anti-fungal cream.

 

how do i stop my baby from getting oral thrush? 

It's not entirely known whether it's possible to prevent oral thrush in babies; it seems to be something that just happens. However, there are a few steps that some doctors will recommend to help prevent it. These include sterilising dummies, toys, bottles and feeding equipment regularly, as well as washing your hands thoroughly after every nappy change.