Infant Thrush: What Every Mom Should Know

April 29th, 2011 by Emily

Infant Thrush: What Each Mother Should Know

Infant thrush and breastfeeding thrush make life extra hard both for baby and mom. Babies are so delicate and vulnerable. Even the slightest anguish is a huge deal to them and they’re absolutely dependent to help relieve their pain. As a mom, you want nothing more than for your child to be healthy and happy.

Thrush has skyrocketed as one of the most common health problems for infants, especially when they’re breastfed. Look out for those tell-tale white patches on you baby’s tongue and inside his or her cheeks, uncommon fussiness or trouble nursing. The mouth is one of the most sensitive parts of the body, so your baby will generally not be happy if he or she has infant thrush, though mild cases might not be too painful.

Infant thrush can also cause mild to severe anguish for breastfeeding moms. Sore, cracked or red nipples, pain while nursing, and deep shooting pains in your breasts are all symptoms of breastfeeding thrush. Even if you don’t have obvious symptoms, it’s important to treat both yourself and your baby to stay away from passing the yeast back and forth.

First of all, it’s extremely important to realize that common prescription drugs for infant yeast have the potential for serious side effects, and they don’t even cure the underlying problem that granted the yeast to invade and grow out of control in the first place. Yeast is an opportunistic infection: without curing the underlying imbalance, not only will your baby be vulnerable to further yeast infections, he or she will be vulnerable to other opportunistic infections as well.

Next, even many naturalĀ  remedies are simply not innocuous or suitable for infant thrush.

For example, colloidal silver, gentian violet, tea tree oil and oregano oil are all natural remedies I’ve seen suggested for infant thrush and which I would not advocate as innocuous for a newborn or toddler. The best approach is to treat thrush naturally and holistically – not only is the safest approach, it’s also most effective in the long run.

Rebecca Haworth is a professional health writer with more than 15 years of experience in the substitute health industry. Her ebook, “The 3-Day Thrush Cure” is specifically designed to help breastfeeding moms and babies suffering from thrush to overcome this problem swiftly and naturally. Visit for more information.

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