Have any home remedies for thrush?

Rachel - posted on 01/24/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My baby and me have had thrush for over 2 weeks now. Nothing seems to help!

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We had thrush, and the doctor gave us Nystatin. It worked great, so that might be an option if the home remedies don't work. It can also be taken with the home remedies. Acidophilus and Gentian Violet are probably your best bet. Get the acidophilus that comes in capsules that you can open and are filled with powder if your baby is younger than 6 months. If your baby is 6 months or older, get the liquid flavored acidophilus that is refrigerated. My grocery store keeps it next to the health food section where they sell the organic vegetatian TV dinners.

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Jennifer - posted on 01/25/2010

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ask your dr for nystatin oral its working for my daughter also boil all yourr bottles and binkies if you have them

Susan - posted on 01/25/2010

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I don't have any additional suggestions- they're all covered pretty well above. But I just wanted to send you my sympathies... nursing with thrush is a terrible, horrible experience. I hope you are both better soon!

Nicole - posted on 01/25/2010

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Yeah, just call ahead for the Gentian Violet. Around here all the pharmacies have it, but I hear in other places they don't. I used it with Jack Newman's Nipple Cream (prescribed by my midwife) and took acidophilus. It cleared up very fast and so far has not come back! Be prepared though... it is very purple! None of my relatives had ever heard of it and were shocked and almost concerned about the appearance of it. I also liked that it seemed to take the pain away. I don't think it was my imagination... it really felt better right after I treated it.

Tarah - posted on 01/24/2010

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Yogurt always works for me... I always eat it when I'm going to be taking antibiotics since they kill all the good and bad bacteria. The Yogurt puts the good bacteria back into your system so you don't get thrush or yeast infections. I don't have advice for the baby as I'm not there, yet, but my understanding is if your breastfeeding it will help the baby, too!

Rachel - posted on 01/24/2010

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I've found gentian violet in pharmacies before but the pharmacy stocked a lot of natural remedies and herbs. I'd call ahead to see if they have it or check out local health stores. The only place I've seen grapefruit seed extract in health food stores. But acidophilus is getting to be pretty common so you can find it just about anywhere--they even carry it at my local Sam's Club

Rachel - posted on 01/24/2010

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Wow! Thank you so much! I have had a prescription but its just a creme that is not working! Can I get all that stuff in a pharmacy?

Rebecca - posted on 01/24/2010

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Grapefruit seed extract, acidophilus, gentian violet, nystatin, and All purpose nipple ointment are great ways to help clear up thrush. There is a perscription you can get as well called Diflucan.

Cori - posted on 01/24/2010

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did you get the nystatin from your dr? me and my son had thrush pretty bad and i used the topical treatment (nystatin) for me and my son, but i also got prescribed a pill that i cant recall the name of, but it cleared up the thrush for me and him with in a week... we just had to be very careful about getting it again for a couple weeks (always wash and sanitize our hands after diapers or feeding and wash babies hands after diaper changing because he liked to touch his little guy when we were changing his diaper..) other than that it will go away on its own after a month or so is what my lactation consultant told me (but who wants to wait that long in pain!) i would talk to your dr about the pill that they can give you to take that will clear it up!

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also...you may want to treat yourself for vaginal yeast infection. Alot of the times that is why some moms and babies keep getting it.

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try over the counter gention violet. You can buy it at health food stores. 0.5-1 % apply to babies mouth and your nipples 1 time a day for 3 days. It will stain clothing so be sure to wear your nursing pads and put bib on baby and use burp cloths! Works better than Dr. prescribed meds!

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