how do i tell if my 1 month old son has thrush?

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my son got thrush when he was only two or three weeks old, i think due to a fungal skin infection i had on my chest/breasts (sounds way grosser than it was). he had a seriously white mouth and one heck of a diaper rash that wouldn't go away. After a few days my nipples started to itch and burn something awful. the doc gave me a nystatin cream for his bum (vusion) as well as an oral suspension for him to take 3-4 times a day. I used a different nystatin cream on my nipples and applied it after feeding him, 3-4 times/day. it takes about 2 weeks to fully kill it. oh, and didn't have any prob with hubby catching anything, the same as when i've had regular yeast infections.

April - posted on 12/30/2008

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if you try to scratch the white off his tongue and it does not come off and if your nipples are red and irrated and BURN while showering it's a good indication you both have it. Also if you notice little pimple bumps on the babys body.

Brienne - posted on 12/30/2008

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My daughter also got thrush when she was 3 months old. The only sign she had was a white tongue (it just looked like milk, but like the other moms said, you can't scrape it off). I didn't have any pain, but the doctor treated both of us so we wouldn't pass it back and forth. It wasn't a big deal, it was just some liquid that I had to rub around in my daughter's mouth and on my nipples before I fed her. It cleared up in about a week and no recurrence! Good luck & I hope your son starts feeling better if that's what it is!

Alecia - posted on 12/30/2008

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My daughter got thrush when she was 3 months old. I didn't know she had it either until we started getting sick ourselves. Babies get thrush from the vaginal birth or while breastfeeding. Signs of infection are small white patches in the mouth and a white tounge, bright red rash in the diaper area. For you, it can be passed while breastfeeding. Signs of infections for you are red or purple nipples, shiny areolas, and sharp burning pain the breast. Some women also have a thick white vaginal discharge with redness iching and burning in the birth canal. For your partner it can be spread by sex; signs of infections include a red rash around the penis and smal white patches in the mouth. Thrush is yeast like fungus that grows in dark , damp places. And sometimes an infected baby will refuse to breastfeed. And thrush doesn't cause symtoms unless there is an overgrowth. My husband and I and my daughter all got it. We went to the doctor and she gave us nystatin; a liquied form of yeast infection cream! Yum Yum I know, but it helped us. Also my daughter was crabby at this time and sometimes wouldn't sleep. I do have to say that she seemed a lot happier than my husband and I during it all. Also do preventive matience like wash your breasts after each feeding, wash bottle nipples and pump parts every day and also pacifiers, wash bras in hot soapy water, wash hands afer each breastfeeding and diaper change, use condoms during sex, don't let your partner's mouth come into contact with your breasts, change breast pads frequently. I have a breastfeeding book, so that is where I'm getting most of this information. Hope this helps! Let me know! Good luck!

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You will be able to see white patches inside his mouth--on his cheeks and surface of the tongue. It may look like unswallowed milk or spit up, but if you try to wipe it off, it won't come off. It can also appear in patches, or cover the entire cheek/tongue surface.



If you are breastfeeding, you may notice a burning, fiery feel when you nurse him. If you think he has it, call your doc, as thrush doesn't go away on its own without treatment. If you are breastfeeding, make sure to tell the doc that and get his advice for how to treat your nipples as well--so you don't keep giving it back and forth to each other, and so you aren't in pain!!!

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