In addition to all the other things that may make your baby fussy, there's trush. Thrush (Candida albicans) is a condition that often affects infants and nursing moms. It's caused by an overgrowth of yeast in the baby's mouth that results in the tell-tale white patches on the inside of the mouth, on the tongue and lips. Baby may also have a persistent diaper rash.
Thrush in babies who are less than 6 months old can be passed back and forth between nursing mom and infant. Moms with thrush usually have sore, inflamed nipples that may be puffy, dry, and flaky.
Thrush may look unpleasant, but the good news is that it isn't dangerous and can be cleared up naturally.
From the outside
- Sterilize all pacifiers and nipples by boiling them in hot water.
- Destroy yeast by swabbing the inside of the baby's mouth with grapefruit seed extract, raw apple cider vinegar, gentian violet, or a borax solution. The same can be used on mom's irritated nipples.
- Lansinoh Cream can soothe sore nipples. Be sure to choose a natural brand and apply between feeding.
From the inside
- Probiotics – Give your child high quality probiotics. For babies, I like this probiotic. Add to your baby's bottle or sprinkle on your nipple before a feeding. Mom should also take probiotics internally to insure the proper balance of digestive flora.
- Diet – While all babies are born with under-developed digestive systems, thrush may indicate a weakness of mom's digestive system too, so be sure to address mom's diet to get to the root of the issue. For babies eating solid food, these same recommendations apply.
- Cut out sugar – Yeast infections thrive on sugars and refined flour. Artificial sweeteners and fruit juices should be avoided as well.
- Avoid dairy products – It's best to resume eating these products two weeks after all thrush symptoms have completely cleared up.
- Drink plenty of water and herbal teas to keep the body hydrated and speed recovery.
What natural remedies for thrush in babies have you tried? What worked best for you?