Does your baby have a white tongue or white spots in the mouth that you can not wipe away? Then there is talk of thrush in the baby. Do not worry too much, it can not do much harm and is fairly easy to handle. Read more about this in this blog thrush in baby and what you can do about it.
What is thrush in babies?
Thrush at the baby is a fungal infection of the oral mucosa. This is caused by Candida albicans (a yeast or fungus). Thrush is a common baby ailment. About 4% of all babies suffer from this. In most cases it concerns children who are younger than 6 weeks, newborn babies.
If you have small sprue you can tell by the white tongue or white spots in the mouth, such as the tongue, lips, cheeks and sometimes palate. You can then polish what you want, but they will not go away. Thrush is mainly annoying, but fortunately not dangerous.
Is spruce contagious?
The yeast Candida albicans is therefore responsible for thrush and is contagious. It is transferred when someone who carries it comes into contact with your baby. This can be done through the hands, but also everything that is touched and then disappears in the mouth of your baby. Many adults carry low amounts of this yeast without experiencing symptoms.
You do not really know that you carry this with you. It is especially on the skin, in the intestines, mouth and vagina. In most cases, the yeast is in balance. But if it starts to grow quickly, this can give symptoms. Your little one is not yet resistant to this yeast and therefore more susceptible, especially if your baby has a low resistance.
How is the baby infected with spruce?
If you notice your baby's thrush, he or she has received yours or other adults. Babies can already become infected at birth as there is always some candida present in the vagina. Other possible causes of thrush in babies:
- Your baby gets Candida through breastfeeding because it is on the nipple. This can cause painful and itchy nipples in the mother. If you suffer from this, Candida is the cause in 16% of cases. Do you treat Candida on your nipple than yourself, besides your baby.
- Candida is transmitted via a teat or the finger of someone carrying the yeast.
To recognize thrush in baby: The symptoms
Symptoms of thrush in baby are:
- White tongue or spots in the mouth. For example, on the tongue, palate and against the cheeks.
- In some cases there are also small blisters in the mouth.
- Your baby may have strikingly shiny lips.
- It is possible that your baby is drinking less well due to the thrush, is restless and often releases the nipple.
- Sometimes candida also occurs on the buttocks, this looks like a red diaper rash.
Is thrush in baby dangerous?
Thrush is fairly common and fortunately it can not hurt. In most cases, it goes over again. If your baby is still drinking well and does not release the nipple every time, there is not much going on. But if your baby does this and also cry a lot then it is good to go to the doctor.
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Treat thrush in baby
By paying attention to the hygiene you can possibly ensure that the thrush passes more quickly. You can do this by:
- Wash your hands and your nipples with lukewarm water before and after breastfeeding. Dab them dry as well.
- Do you bottle-feed? Then boil the teats and the bottles every day and store them in a clean place.
- Always wash your hands after you went to the bathroom or when you changed the diaper.
- Wash towels, spittle cloths and bras always at least 60 degrees.
When to the doctor?
Have you noticed sprue in your baby and notice that your baby is drinking poorly by, for example, letting go of your nipple or crying when drinking? Then it is good to go to the doctor. Your doctor will then prescribe a medication to treat the thrush in the baby. Other reasons to call: