Monday, December 11

Mouth Thrush in Children

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Let’s talk about mouth thrush treatment options for children. Almost all babies or toddlers get this at least once in these first years of life because their immune system is not fully developed yet.

Thrush in babies, infants and toddlers will generally clear up on its own within about 2 weeks. However their mouth can become really sore and they may eat less because of the pain, having said that here are some ideas that may help speed up the healing process.

Thrush in babies (under 30 days old) can be treated with a prescription medicine Nystatin. The dose for babies is usually 0.5 ml four times a day whereas older infants and toddlers should receive 1 ml. Mouth thrush treatments normally go on for 7 to 10 days doing it at least 3 days past the last time you see any signs of thrush.

Diflucan is another prescription medication to try. Diflucan only has to be done once a day in an oral suspension, so it has some benefits over Nystatin. The bad thing is it’s more expensive and is a pretty strong medication.

Good old home remedy that works is Genital Violet, it’s been around for a long time. I’m just telling you now it is terribly messy and will stain purple anything and everything it touches. It is just flat out to messy for me and not a good option because of that.

Coconut oil is a good choice, just make sure you get 100% pure virgin coconut oil. This has immune booster naturally in it and is perfectly safe for babies and easy to digest, in fact it’s a good immune boost for them and the mother too. The mother can spread a small amount on her nipples before and after breast feeding to stop spreading of thrush. Pure coconut oil is pricey so you might find it cheaper online.

Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar is another great home remedy. Yeast cannot grow in a vinegar rich environment so applying a small amount on the breast before and after breast feeding can be a good mouth thrush treatment.

A little known remedy, as strange as it sounds, is for the mother to simply expose her breast to sunlight for a few minutes before and after breast feeding. Candida cannot tolerate sunlight even for a short amount of time, it only thrives in dark damp environments so just a few minutes of sun can kill candida. Also wearing loose cotton shirts between breast feedings can help.


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