How long does it take for thrush to go away in a 3 week old baby?

December 21st, 2013 by Emily

Question: How long does it take for thrush to go away in a 3 week old baby?
I was told my son has thrush on Aug. 8. I have been giving him his medicine the way I was told to and the thrush still hasn’t disappeared. Should I call his physician or is it too soon to be freaking out?

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Answer by Michelle
My son had it as a few days old, and with medication was gone in a few days. Once bubs has completed his medication, then if its not gone, consult your physician again

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6 Comments on “How long does it take for thrush to go away in a 3 week old baby?”

  1. kimberly b says:

    while you are continuing to give the baby the medicine make sure that his/her bottles (nipples) are sterile . that includes a passy. and make sure that your hands are clean when handling their things . espicially things that go in their mouth . that is a big way that they get thrush.

  2. gabrielle_perez95 says:

    i dont know much about babys but maybe you should see a doctor just to be sure

  3. ? says:

    Both of my children had thrush…and it didn’t take long for it to clear up. I would call your doctor and see if there is another antibiotic you can give to your son. It is painful and it makes it hard for a baby to nurse…call the Dr. soon!

  4. erinjl123456 says:

    My daughter has thrush. Shes been on medication since about 5 weeks old. She is almost 8.5 weeks old now. When I took her back to the doctor he said just keep using the medication. It can take monthes to go away.
    This is my 4th child and our 3rd time dealing with thrush. I too thought it should have gone away by now. But nope.
    Part of the issue is I am nursing and we are probably passing it back and forth. :-(

    Check with your babys doctor but he is probably okay too.
    I put Alyssas meds in her mouth with a q-tip. It helps spread it all around.

  5. MamaJenkins says:

    If you’re breastfeeding, put the med on your breast before you feed. You could be passing the infection back and forth.

  6. Angela says:

    Thrush is essentially a yeast infection in the mouth. As others have posted, it can be hard to treat, and is easy to keep re-infecting the baby if you have yeast on you (for breastfeeding) or if the nipples and bottle parts are not completely sterilized after each use.

    Your doctor should give you something like Nystatin oral rinse for the baby – and you may need to be treated with an antifungal (for yeast) like Diflucan if you are breastfeeding. It won’t go away quickly since it is hard to treat because yeast loves and thrives in moist environments.

    Cleaning your baby’s mouth with a clean damp washcloth after each feeding, and before applying medication to the mouth may help. It isn’t anything to freak out about – it is more of a nuisance than a danger if it is being treated.

    Here is a link with some helpful information:

    Good luck!

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