Help! Can't get rid of thrush!

KARA - posted on 09/30/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )




I have 5 mos. old twin girls & they have had thrush (a mild case, but still thrush) for almost 2 wks. Their pediatrician put them on Nystatin which kinda helps, but still won't fully go away. I keep sterilizing all their pacifiers & things they put in their mouths. I try to make sure their hands stay clean too. But I'm wondering if anyone has any other suggestions, or should I just chill out & be patient & it'll eventually go away?


Emily - posted on 10/07/2010




My daughter got thrush while I was breastfeeding (ouch!!), and I used the Nystatin that the doctor prescribed, and also yogurt. The active cultures in yogurt REALLY help to clear it up quickly! And continue to sterilize everything until it is completely gone. Hope that helps!!

Aicha - posted on 10/02/2010




there is a treatment for thrush called Another alternative is Gentian Violet, an older treatment that doesn't require a prescription. Keep in mind that it is rather messy and can turn your baby's lips and clothing purple, so it is not as popular as other treatments.

Lisa - posted on 10/02/2010




Ok so all those drugs usually work, I just have an issue with giving my family drugs (even when prescription). What worked for us was Plain unsweetened yogurt applied 2-3 times a day with Qtips (and yes you need to try to wipe the thrush spots clean before applying).

Sarh - posted on 09/30/2010




Breion, I never heard that it wont go away until they start eating foods like Gerber Graduates, and if that is true and is the same for a single baby (not twins), then that means my son is going to have it for like 5 months?!??
My son has had thrush for 2 weeks... well since I noticed it, he also has a mild case of it. Have you tried putting the Nystatin on a q-tip, cotton ball, piece of gauge, or even a clean wash cloth and rub it on the white spots/infected areas?? Also, w/them being 5 months old you could ask the pediatrician if it would be ok to start giving them plain yogurt, which is also supposed to help, but babies under 6 months are not supposed to have yogurt. That is why I say ask the pediatrician first.
Jennifer, I am nursing and only my son is being treated, his pediatrician said that if I don't have white spots or what not on my breasts/nipples then it should be fine, however I do have slight pain since about a week before I noticed the thrush... what doctor would I talk to about me being treated? Just baby being treated is not working.
Good luck Kara!! And congrats on the twin girls! :)

Jennifer - posted on 09/30/2010




if you are breastfeeding, all three of you need to be treated at the same time otherwise you are just going to be passing it back and forth.

i have read many places that probiotics given to baby can be a huge huge help. most adult probiotics will also have instructions and dosages for infants (it is very safe, and recommended that formula fed babies are given them to help maintain good bacteria in the gut). you don't need a prescription, but your pharmacist will be able to point you in the right direction

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You shouldn't need any medication to clear up thrush IF you realize both that the thrush is an imbalance of the good vs bad bacteria of the body. It thrives in moist areas and it thrives off of sugars. It's common to get thrush after taking antibiotics. If you are eating sugars then it's going to come through in the milk and neither one of you are going to get rid of it quickly, and remember that breads and pastas (carbs) are turned to sugars by your body, so avoid those as well until a week after it's cleared up (if you don't want to encourage re-growth). Also, caffeine and alcohol will encourage problems, but hopefully you are already avoiding those. Organic plain yogurt (you want to make sure you are using actual yogurt, not "desert" types of yogurt... you want an active bacteria culture... ) to both put on it and to eat will help bring back the GOOD bacteria, but you still need to stop encouraging the BAD bacteria's growth. Starve the bad and feed the good. Another thing that can help is apple cider vinegar in a bath or as a rinse (for you if you are nursing, not in their mouths, but only because they won't like the taste, it wouldn't actually hurt them... you could put some on your finger and swab it in their mouths... ) about half a cup in the bath if you are having sore nipples. Even if you don't really notice discomfort, if you are nursing there is a good chance that you are just passing it back and forth.

Chelsea - posted on 10/06/2010




It will go away, but you should call the advice nurse to see what she says. I would say, also it's probably not a good idea to have them using pacifiers during this time. It could irritate their mouths.

Angel - posted on 10/06/2010




wet a clean washcloth with warmish water n wipe her mouth out with it... use a clean cloth each time. my lil girl had it for a week and it went away from useing this method along with keeping bottles nipples pacifiers ect clean... wash pacifiers multiple times a day ... you dont necessarily need an rx to treat it unless they have a diaper rash along with the thrush. all thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth...lil girls can also develop a yeas infection u know where if the yeast from her mouth goes through her digestive system an into her diaper if u get what im saying. best ofluck and congradulatoins on ur twins :-)

Jasmine - posted on 10/05/2010




Gentian violet. This is what I used when my son had thrush. You can buy it over the counter at walmart or anywhere with a pharmacy i just put it on with a q-tip and kept up with sanitizing binkis and bottle nipple etc. Did this for 3 days and it was gone. It is very bright purple in color and will stain anything it touches clothes, skin, anything! But it really does work.

Elicia - posted on 10/04/2010




my son had thrush when he was 3mths. olld. he kept it! he was also put on nystatin. i asked his speech therapist how can i get ride of it cause he always had even taking his medicine, so she told me after he gets done bottle feeding/breastfeeding to try to wipe out the corners of his mouth and on his tongue a little bit. i know it sounds silly but it worked! the milk he kept pocketing it in his mouth so after each feed i wiped his mouth out some until he started eating baby food.:) good luck!

Jessica - posted on 10/01/2010




have the doctor put them on the stronger stuff. if you dont it will just come back. my daughter had it on and off the first 2 months after she was born until he gave her a stronger dosage

Pam - posted on 10/01/2010




My daughter had thrush and my dr gave her a prescription for this stuff that you swab in her mouth with a qtip. What i didn't know was that I was also suppose to try and scrape it away with the qtip. I was just putting the liquid all over her cheeks and tongue and doing nothing else. Needless to say, it didn't go away until I started scraping some of it away.

Ciara - posted on 10/01/2010




My daughter had thrush and was also given nystatin and within a few days it was fuly gone.. evn when you think its gone give it to them for another 3/4 days just to make sure it has all been cleared out.

Jennifer - posted on 10/01/2010




Sarh, i would talk to your general practitioner, or OB. you can have thrush without you having white spots so perhaps your pediatrician isn't the best one to go to about it your treatment. also, if you feel you all just have a minor case, you and your son might benefit from probiotics, and that might be enough to nip it in the butt.

Breion - posted on 09/30/2010




thrush wont go away until your twins start eating soft solid foods, you know like the gerber graduates snacks or foods. my twins boys had the same problem and now my newborn has thrush also and the pediatrician put her on Nystatin and for a week now she's had it. I say as long as it doesn't get worst or turn into something else, just be patient and it will eventually go away. Besides you'll have more important things to worry about as your daughters get older, trust me.

Klarissa - posted on 09/30/2010




I was reading up on it, and it looks like the treatement that your doctor prescribed is the best medicine for the girls and i guess if for some reason this were not to work the doctor would prescribe this other medicine called Diflucan and it will eventually go away, hope this helps have a great day and congratulations on god blessing you with your two girls

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