I am almost certain my 5 week old has thrush. Are their mild cases to this? Also, I do have nystatin but I don't know how to administer it. Do I just dab a little on my finger and rub it inside his mouth a couple of times a day? I also read about applying it on my nipples before feeds. Can anyone help me? I think my nipples feel fine, look normal and I'm not having any severe pain nor does my son have a diaper rash.
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Definitely confirm with your doctor to make sure he has it. My daughter had a "naturally milky" tongue and was misdiagnosed for thrush. She was on Nystatin and then on a stronger antifungal, and after all that, I don't think either was necessary. I would try the acidophilous first over prescription drugs. Get a infant acidophilous powder and just rub a little on his tongue after feeding.
Thrush can definitely be a difficult thing! When I used Nystatin I had a doc prescribe it - definitely see your doc if you're going to use this, and I believe the dosing was in IU (international units) though I can't remember the exact dose. I had to administer 1mL 4 times a day orally, I just gave her half of it, let her swish it in her mouth a bit until she swallowed it and then gave her the other half so she would get the full dose. After a few days it started making her vomit though. Alternatives I was told by my doc that help treat and were safe for baby - using Micatin or Canesten cream on my nipples, rubbing in well just before feeding and also after. Avoid sugar in your diet. Use disposable breast pads, change after every feeding and make sure you wash anything that comes in contact with your milk or baby's mouth in hot water (nursing bras, washcloths) Bottle nipples or soothers should also be boiled for 20 min. Toys should also be cleaned well to keep the yeast from coming back. Another thing that can be tried is using Gentin Violet. It's available OTC, but is messy - supposed to be applied to baby's mouth and your nipples. You can follow this link to Dr. Jack Newman's site for more ideas - he's a pediatrician in Toronto and well known for being a breastfeeding guru.
Baby may or may not have diaper rash. If it's there Canesten cream can also be applied. So hope that some of that helps. You should definitely see your doc to confirm the problem is yeast and discuss treatment options. Sometimes bacterial infections (such as staph) can have similar symptoms to yeast and require treatments with antibiotics. Good luck!
Cheryl - posted on 01/01/2009
I've had one mild case with my first dd and a moderate case just a few weeks ago. I just used Grapefruit Seed Extract and took 2 acidophilus pills a day for a week and it's gone. I read that Nystatin contains sugar which makes no sense to me since yeast feeds on sugar. So if you're interested in trying an all natural method google Dr. Jay Gordon. I used 10 drops of GSE to 1 oz of water and every waking hour swabed out my baby's mouth with a cloth dipped in the solution and my nipples with a paper towel dipped in the solution. I did it every waking hour for the first 2 days and then swabed baby's mouth before each feed and my nipples after. It only takes 90 minutes for yeast to regrow so I think being vigilant really made a difference. Oh and it's very important to wash the cloths, baby's clothing, bedding and bras with hot water to kill the yeast. I'm glad that you've caught it early 'cause it reallly sucks. Good luck!
Jana - posted on 01/03/2009
I have ben through many cases of thrush with my three lo's. First I woiuld say that Nystatin did not work for me and my kids the two times it was precribed. what did end up working was the Nystatin ceam ( prescribed my Doc) for my nipples twice a day and gentian violet ( over the counter) applied once a day ( before bed) for 5 days for my lo's. It was difficult because I am tandem nursing so my toddler looked like he had that blueberry candy from Willie Wonka. Anyway, Please please please remember to wash your Bra daily and towels as well. Add some vinegar to the water in the washing machine to neurtalize the yeast. Boil pacifiers ( if used ) daily and replace after a week. Continue the treatment for 5 days and after tha tI continued for another week with just the Nystatin cream on my nipples twice a day. You may want to ask your MD avout a Rx for Nystatin cream to have on hand in case a rash starts to creep up for yoru baby. Wash your hands very good after every diaper change and after you go to the bathroom as well. Take care and hth!
Beth - posted on 01/02/2009
i would go to the dr to confirm. my 9 month old just had it..the dr prescribed nystatin in the liquid form and i applied it to his gums 2x a day..at this same time although you don't have thrush you should apply lotrimin- a common antifungal- after every feeding b/c your baby can pass along to you.
Melissa - posted on 12/30/2008
Personally all the thrush treatments I used on my eldest 2 daughters made them vomit and the symptoms came back a week or two later, my latest bub had it worst of all but this time I used a homeopathic called borax and it went away fast and hasn't come back, that was about 3 months ago. Also, reduce your sugar intake as much as possible, sugar feeds the yeast infection. Good luck
Laura - posted on 12/30/2008
Hi, my daughter had mild thrush a few months ago - but she had it in her mouth and on her bottom! I do recommend going to the pediatrician if you can. Anyway, we had to get two different kinds of nystatin for the different ends. There was a liquid for her mouth and a cream for her bum. If the nystatin you have is the cream, don't use it in her mouth ( I don't know exactly why but that warning was on the package). We gave her the oral nystatin with a medicine dropper but I don't recall the dose, i think it was the bottom line (near the tip of the dropper) so it was a very small amount. I was also breastfeeding and the doctor recommended that I use a q-tip to rub some of the oral nystatin on my nipples - that was sticky and awful, I had to peel my breast shields off for a while but the thrush went away :) I hope this helps, good luck!
Joanna - posted on 12/30/2008
There are most definitley mild and sever cases of thrush. My 2 oldest children have both had it. The best thing to do for your nipples is to keep them clean after feedings, try washing with a mild soap and a damp wash cloth. As far as the inside of his mouth, I have always gone to the doctor, but I can't remember what it was called off of the top of my head. It was a blue/purple liquid that you applied with a q-tip, to the inside of the mouth. I am not sure if this helps you out at all, I hope it does!
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