Help, my baby and I have thrush, we can't get rid of it, how else can we treat it?

Natalie - posted on 05/25/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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We've tried everything,Nystatin, Gentian Violet, Diflucan, I steralize her soothers every day, I stopped wearing breast pads, I tried cleaning my nipples with vinegar/water after every feeding, washing my hands 3000 times a day, I'm taking probiotics and it till won't go away. Has anyone had success using anything else?

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Cynthia - posted on 05/25/2009

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I put the probiotics on my nipple just before baby fed everytime. I was told by a pharmacist that the same fungus that causes thrush also causes yeast infections. he recommended (as did my doctor when I checked it with her) to use Canesten on my nipples after the feeds.just a peas size amount. it totally helped. and did not hurt baby at all. use breast pads, but change them as soon as they get wet.

Then you also need to clean out your babies mouth with a clean moist gauze after every feed. wrap the gauze around your index finger and go over her gums (all surfaces) and tongue. by going over I mean to make sure you are successfully removing any white layers on gums, tongue, inner cheeks until you see pink underneath. my doctor said you need to go as far back on the tongue to barely caue the gag reflex. so make it a quick swipe, but an effective one to get it off but not cause a full on vomit. wash all face cloths that use on baby in very hot water along with bras and dry in low dryer. Make sure you are completely dry before putting on your bra after showers etc as this is a fungus that grows in wet moist warm places.

Finally make sure you are breastfeeding with as much of your breast as far back as possible into her mouth. thrush will take off if the nipple isn`t inside your babies mouth far enough. So make sure when you feed her, grab a handful of your boob and make sure you get as much of the areole in her mouth as possible, thet ensures the nipple isn`t laying on the middle part of the tongue instead farther back where it won`t cause the sugary milk to pool and cause the thrush to proliferate. I had thrush twice with my first as I realized he DID NOT want a mouthful of booby and would slowly over the course of the feed slide off. it took alot of popping him off and relatching again until he gave up sliding off and just sucked it up. (ha-ha) Good luck, hope this helps.

Jessica - posted on 05/27/2009

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Go to a health food store/organic store and get a bottle of powdered bifidus, and a bunch of yogurt-non sugared. Stay away from sugar, it makes thrush worse. Mix the bifidus ((spelling?) just ask the health nuts at the store they will know)) in your milk and drink it, once a day if you are also eating yogurt once a day. Then put a bit on the babies tongue and then you two should be good in a number of days, like 3. It is non-medical all natural. It is also great if and when your baby becomes constipated later when you go to solids. Bifidus is a natural enzyme found in both your lower intestines, which is what is causing the thrush, for some reason (did you recently take any antibiotics?) you both are off balance. Oh and FYI I had tried the medical route first, but the natural way was much faster and much easier!

Natalie - posted on 05/26/2009

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I've also been using monostat on my nipples, I haven't been cleaning her mouth out though, I will try that. Did you use any medication to treat you baby?

Melinda - posted on 05/05/2014

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I can seriously relate! I have tried gentian violet and five lack as well as nystatin. My baby is four months old and we have been battling thrush since she was two weeks old and on our fifth tube of nystatin. I have experienced four cases of mastitis. At our last visit to see the doctor he handed me another bottle of antibiotics and told me to stick with the nystatin I smiled nodded and went right home to my computer to do some research on alternative solutions. I was fortunate enough to get rid of the mastitis without the antibiotic. I knew that if I had succumbed to taking the antibiotics it would just kill all of the good bacteria in my system that was my best defense against the thrush and now I am on a strict candida diet which is my first step in the right direction. I am still using the nystatin in the mean time but hopefully not for long. After almost two months on the diet I am finally just beginning to experience what is referred to as candida die off. It is tough to give up dairy sugar and carbs but when you are as desperate as I was then it is a price worth paying. Yeast has a reputation for becoming immune to various anti fungals as well as prescription medications and chances are if you do get rid of it it is likely just dormant. Such is the nature of yeast. I am certain that starving the yeast on the candida diet is the only sure way. Of course being a nursing mom I skipped the cleanse part of diet and had to leave out some of the antifungals which probably is the reason that the die off is taking so long but it is the price that I am willing to pay to nurse my baby:)

Melanie - posted on 05/26/2009

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Hey Natalie,



The nystatin and cream didnt work for me either...try Gentian Violet. Its an all natural product and it gets rid of Thrush in days! For us it was gone within 2 days. Call your pharmacy ahead of time because not all pharmacies carry it all the time. And a warning the stuff stains so make sure to let your boobs air dry.

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Candice - posted on 04/30/2014

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I will try both creams. I ha e bough fluconazole pills and have taken them for weeks at a time and still nothing. So maybe that cream will work. So frustrating. I've tried everything.

Natalie - posted on 04/30/2014

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We did (finally). The gentian violet worked for a bit, but in the end I found mixing small equal parts of Monistat and Canesten external cream on myself right after she nursed, it cleared it up quite fast. You must buy both and mix them, they each target different strains of yeast. Another option is yogurt. Eat a ton of it, and use plain yogurt to put on yourself (that way you do not have to worry about your baby ingesting external medications) The other option is buying the oral pill and taking one for 3-5 days in a row (but very expensive)

Debbie10864 - posted on 03/07/2014

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Thrush is SO frustrating! I have it but my LO doesn't seem to. I've been using Nystatin, didn't work. Dr. prescribed antibiotics for mastitis - which I think killed any good yeast. Talked to a lactation consultant and she recommended Dr. Newman's APNO cream and fluconozole. I haven't tried fluconozole yet - because I'm trying to go the natural route. I've done 3 days of messy Gentian Violet, didn't help and am now trying the Grapefruit seed on my breast and drinking it. While popping 4 probiotics a day and more natural probiotic yogurt than I have eaten in my lifetime. Still pain.
It's after my first feed of the day on my right breast - for the next 2 hours it's pins & needles (or as I like to call it daggers and razors) in the breast. I can't sleep, I can barely function.
I've heard fluconozole doesn't even really work.
It's been over 4 weeks - I'm washing laundry on boiling with vinegar and dummies every day - poor girl only gets 2 toys to play with because the rest are in quarantine until we get better.
Does anyone have any tips for sleeping with the pins and needles? Will this ever go away?

Sara - posted on 02/13/2014

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My baby and I are also having trouble getting rid of thrush. We've been treating it with Nystatin for 3 weeks without success. I have been sterilizing bottles and pacifiers and changing my nursing pads. I was wondering if some of the suggestions above can be used in conjunction with Nystatin, or should I wait until we are finished our current prescription before trying these (ie. caneston, bifidus powder, or gentian violet)? I've also tried exposing my nipples and the baby's bum to sunlight. Do you need to wash off the caneston before breastfeeding? Also, does anyone know if feeding pumped milk is okay during a thrush/yeast infection? I've read contradictory information about this. I sometimes pump in the morning so we can feed her a bottle of pumped milk at night but I don't want to perpetuate the infection...this is so frustrating!

Lori - posted on 02/05/2014

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Nystatin really is the go to medication for thrush. Both you and your LO need to be treated. Probiotics are also good.
Another thing to try is is gentian violet.

(from Dr Sears website): try a 0.25 – 0.5 percent solution of gentian violet applied to your nipples twice a day for three days. Gentian violet is effective, but messy. Also, apply a small amount once a day to baby’s mouth, but be aware that overuse of gentian violet may irritate the sensitive oral mucus membranes of baby’s mouth. Apply Vaseline to baby’s lips before using the gentian violet to avoid purple stains.
Warning – gentian violet has been used for many years to treat thrush. A recent study done in Australia has linked gentian violet to cancer of the mouth. However, many other professionals around the world believe that it is safe, and continue to recommend it. For this reason, we suggest you use this remedy sparingly, and for as little time as possible.
http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/health-...

Hannah - posted on 02/05/2014

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Me an my baby that is 7 months old have thrush an I'm breastfeeding an I don't know wat to do my Dr gave me nystatin but I don't like it an they have nothing else to use ..it says I can't use it while breastfeeding my baby or if I do I gotta whip it off an make sure its clean aghhhh!!!

Emma - posted on 05/27/2009

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I had no luck with Nystatin we had it for 4 mths in total, eventually Diflucan oral gel and Canasten cream worked. I was told by dr and pharm that oral once capsule is a no go but have recently found out vis the Lactamed site that it is fine but that not enough gets through your milk to cure baby too. so I would try to get to the point were your pretty sure its almost gone in your baby then pop one to ensure you are BOTH clear. I've heard good things re pro biotics and of course scrupulus hygeine ie hot washing all breast pads towells ect. I've never heard of cleaning your babies mouth out? but anything is worth a try.

Natalie - posted on 05/26/2009

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I can't beleive I'd never even heard of thrush until we got it, yet everyone seems to get it. I've now been to 4 different doctors and they all keep trying to give me nystatin, even though we've used 2 bottles of it and it hasn't helped. I finally got one doc to give diflucan for me and baby, she finished her last dose yesterday, and there's still no improvment. The worst part of all this is I can hardly feed my baby because it's hurting her so much. I used gentian violet for 5 days and it didn't help, I was told not to use it for more than 5 days because it can cause mouth ulcers.....so what else is there?

Katt - posted on 05/26/2009

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I totally feel for you! After two courses of Nystatin for my boy when he was 3 months old, he still had thrush and was screaming at every feed. We then went onto Miconazole oral gel, but found out at about that time that I needed to be treated as well. My Dr hadn't thought of that! (A female Dr too!) I ended up being prescribed Clotrimazole cream to put on my breasts twice daily after a breast feed. And in another case of thrush I was prescribed Miconazole cream for my breasts and bubs was back on the Nystatin. I sterilised his dummies by boiling for 10 minutes in water, changed my breast pads at every feed. But my real advice is to keep going to the doctors until they get you something that works, change doctors if you need to. Good luck!

Erica - posted on 05/26/2009

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hey natalie, if it makes you feel any better me and my 3.5 monthold son have been battling it for 2 months I also got mastsis as well, we used 2 rounds of oral nystatin for him and 3 rounds of gentian violet and i am on my 2nd round of nystatin cream none of which has worked, i am on the verge of quiting nursing b/c it hurts so much if anyone knows of anything please help

Shelli - posted on 05/26/2009

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I had to use the meds on me and my baby's mouth. Plus, it really helped to sit in the sun, like in a window where you can get light and are not visible to anyone else of course.The nurse gave me this tip when I got it really bad the first time and it helped tremendously. I hope everything gets better for you...

Cynthia - posted on 05/26/2009

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i`m not sure my reply went through..i`ll try again. try Canesten over monistat. Canesten has slightly different ingredients that worked better as I had no luck with Monostat. I went through two rounds of Nystatin for baby. I beleive I had to go on twice as I was on antibiotics for a sinus infection I had. Cleaninng your babies mouth will make all the difference. the skin underneath the white stuff will seem very pink don`t be worried. take care and good luck.

Cynthia - posted on 05/26/2009

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try the canesten. it is slightly better. I had no luck with monostat and canesten made all the difference. I had two rounds of the Nystatin for baby. But it was also partially because I was on antibiotics for a sinus infection that helped bring on the second round of thrush.

I`m sure you will find cleaning her mouth will get you over the hump. be sure with every wipe to change to a different part of the gauze, do not wipe twice with the same spot of gauze.

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