Is yeast dangerous for newborn babies to have?

December 29th, 2013 by Emily
treatment of infant thrush
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Question: Is yeast hazardous for newborn babies to have?
Our pediatrician states that yeast is no huge deal for a newborn to have and has no effect on baby’s health. Yet they have given us treatment to get rid of the yeast inside baby’s mouth. What is yeast, what does it do and if it does nothing to baby why did the pediatrician prescribe something for baby and mother to get rid of it?

Best answer:

Answer by debbie
Do you mean Mum and baby have thrush?

This can be a vicious circle when breastfeeding.
Make sure Mum eats lots of plain good yogurt.

It’s a good theory to use nipple shields for a while and sterilise before each feed.
It needs to be got rid of because it can make babies mouth VERY sore and this will affect feeding.

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4 Comments on “Is yeast dangerous for newborn babies to have?”

  1. Bea says:

    Thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth and throat. I’m pretty sure it’s uncomfortable if not painful for your baby, and treatment is essential. I really believe there are some doctors out there that minimize the suffering of infants and children, the ones who can’t speak for themselves and their experience of pain and suffering. Get the treatment, and find another pediatrician.

  2. Anne says:

    Everyone has yeast in their bodies at all times. However, sometimes the yeast grows out of control and then you get a yeast “infection” either thrush in the mouth, or diaper rash, or vaginal yeast infection. Prescriptions will kill the yeast, but not prevent them from becoming overgrown again. The best thing to do is to eat a lot of yogurt with live cultures and take some probiotics. I’m assuming you’re breastfeeding, so this will get to the baby through your milk and help him/her also.

  3. Elisabeth says:

    Thrush can be VERY painful. It’s very similar to a woman having a vaginal yeast infection, or a guy having a really bad case of jock itch, except that it’s in the child’s mouth and they can’t do anything to make it better. It’s not going to kill your baby, but they will be very cranky and uncomfortable until it is brought under control. The mother has to be treated also because otherwise she will unknowingly give the baby thrush again. Also, she will probably end up with a yeast infection on her nipples and that can be very painful also.

    There is lots of good info on this page…

  4. Melantha says:

    When my son was a newborn, he got thrush (yeast in the mouth). My pediatrician said it was not dangerous for him but that it might cause me to get a painful yeast infection on my nipples as I was breast feeding him. Also, if the pediatrician gave you “genetian violet” to get rid of the yeast/thrush, be very careful and it stains terribly and will not wash out!

    This is an “official” answer from

    My baby has white patches on the insides of her cheeks. What could this be?
    It could be a common and harmless yeast infection known as thrush. Thrush looks like cottage cheese or milk curds on the sides, roof, and sometimes the tongue of a baby’s mouth. It’s most common in babies 2 months and younger, but it can appear in older babies, too. What causes thrush?
    Yeast is a normal part of everyone’s digestive system, but when there’s an imbalance, an infection sets in. Most infants first come in contact with yeast as they travel down the birth canal. Thrush can develop when hormonal changes right after birth trigger an overgrowth of yeast in your baby’s mouth.

    After your baby is born, antibiotics taken by you (if you’re breastfeeding) or your baby can trigger a case of thrush. That’s because antibiotics kill off “good” bacteria that keep yeast in check.

    Some moms and babies pass the infection back and forth: Your baby can pass thrush on to you if you’re breastfeeding, resulting in a painful yeast infection on your nipples that will need a doctor’s treatment. And you can trigger a case of thrush in your baby if you’re breastfeeding and you develop a yeast infection on your nipples from taking antibiotics. On the other hand, some moms remain uninfected even while breastfeeding babies who have thrush — and some breastfed babies are not affected by their mother’s yeast infection.

    Some people think thrush can also be caused by prolonged sucking on a bottle or pacifier. Others think poor hygiene of bottle nipples is to blame. But infants who breastfeed exclusively and don’t use pacifiers can also get it, so it’s hard to pinpoint any one cause. Some babies (and some moms) are simply more susceptible than others to yeast.

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