Cant get rid of oral thrush

Natalie - posted on 11/15/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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my 3 month old son keeps getting thrush in his mouth which in turn ends up infecting me, i treat it and with in 10days 2 weeks its back again. what am i doing wrong? why does he keep getting it?

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Ashley - posted on 07/13/2013

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My 18 month old daughter keeps getting oral thrush I don't know why as I wash all her bottles properly and her bowls and spoons I don't know what else to do

Dana - posted on 11/15/2009

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I just went through this myself with my daughter. We went through two rounds of the crappy Nystatin and we both still had it. Here is what is recommended by the lactation nurses:



1. Nystatin does NOT work! I am not sure why the peds keeping rx'ing this crap. It has tons of sugar in it and that is what yeast thrives on! Also, it will not work if you use your baby's oral medication on your nipples to get rid of the yeast. It is formulated for oral use, not topical use.



2. You need to use Monistat 7 cream (yes, the vaginal cream) on your nipples about 5 times a day(make sure you wipe it off before you breastfeed) and use it about 3-4 days after symptoms go away. Also, make sure to replace your breastpads frequently and keep your nipples dry.You can also use a vinegar/water rinse on your nipples after every feeding. Make sure you are washing your bra frequently.



3. Ask the pediatrian for Difulcan to treat the thrush in your baby and ask your OB for Diflucan for you. It is a stronger antifungal oral medication that you both need to be on at the same time so that you do not pass it back and forth.



4. Make sure to boil or use the sterilizer bags or wash in the dishwasher -all nipples, pacifiers, pumping equipment - anything that comes into contact with your nipples or the baby's mouth after each and every use.



5. The mother's diet is a contraversial issue - some think it helps if mom cuts back on sugars, some say it doesn't matter. I didn't change my diet, but we both used Diflucan and I use the monistat cream, vinegar and water rinse, cleaned and sterilized and it went away.



Good luck!! Don't stop nursing!! I know it is very trying and painful, but you can pump when your nipples are sore to get a little break when it is too much. Once the thrush is finally gone you will be glad you stuck with it! you are doing a great job, momma!! :)



ps- I am not sure where the recommendation for scrubbing and brushing the baby's tongue and mouth is coming from (peds, docs, etc) but I wouldn't do that to my baby! Thrush is very painful itself. It is a yeast infection. Would you want someone scrubbing your labia and vagina during a yeast infection??! ouch!

Patti - posted on 11/15/2009

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Well we all can get it. you have to wash all the toys like the plush toys they need to go in the wash, the other toys need to be sterlized in a boiling pan of water, the bottles, spoons, dishes also.. If they baby chews on a toy it needs to be washed. If the toys can't be washed or sterlized then use a environment free disinfectant. Also take the coating off the tounge with a wsh cloth not hard but slightly if you take it all off then it gets really red and makes matters worse.

Alicia - posted on 11/15/2009

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I have had this with two of my children. You need to purchase an oral pill thush treatment from your pharmacy. It will take about 3 days to start to work, but the baby will get a dose of it via the breast milk. This will not cause any harm to the baby at all..Yo will also need to buy some oral thrush gel (Daktarin). Do not use the spoon that comes with it, just use your finger to put it in the babys mount and also on your nipples. Anything the baby has, dummy/pacifiers need to be boiled. A microwave steriliser will only breed more infection. And also, your nursing bras need to dried in sunlight outside. Hang them inside out, the sunight will help kill the infection that stays in your bra as well. Good luck.

Marti - posted on 11/15/2009

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plain yogurt is great. Also, be sure your nipples remain clean and dry after nursing.

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My doc did 7 days of oral nystatin for my daughter and topical nystatin for me... still there... so my daughter is on a 14 day course of oral fluconazole and I am still doing the topical nystatin for the 14 days also... I am on day 4 of my daughters treatment and her mouth looks much better and she is a much happier little girl!!





Also have boiled all nipples, pacifiers, etc in vinegar water... and continue to do so until all medications are completed.... that way you will not reintroduce the yeast!

Jessica - posted on 11/15/2009

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I've always used plain yogurt. The bacteria in it helps fight off infections. Just one or two a day is all you need.

Natalie - posted on 11/15/2009

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Neither of us are on antibotics or medication other than the nilstat, which are oral drops for him and i am also putting this on my nipples. The directions says to continue use for 48hours after sysmtons disappear, should i get a 2nd bottle and keep doing it? is there anything that i can take regularly that could help stop it comming back?

Shantell - posted on 11/15/2009

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You need to make sure you wash his mouth after he has his formula give him a bottle of water and brush his mouth. Also make sure he does not put anything in his mouth unless it is cleaned very well.

Kristy - posted on 11/15/2009

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I got thrush with both of my girls once. Used Ginseng Violet and it never came back!

Christina - posted on 11/15/2009

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Is he on an antibiotic? My dtr is on a a medicine for awhile for a kidney thing and the antiobiotic is what is causing her thrush so we need to give her the thrush med with it to counteract. Has to be one both for a year.

As well, give him the thrush meds b4 you feed as the mouth will be coated and then put the meds on to you.

Jessica - posted on 11/15/2009

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I had the same problem with my second daughter. We kept passing it back and forth. I was breastfeeding her. The doctor gave her some medicine and I had some cream to put on my nipples. It took months before we both got rid of it, but it will go away. Good luck to you, I know how bad it can hurt to have this!

Samantha - posted on 11/15/2009

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my daughter has reasently had it i went 2 the docters and they gave me some stuff it worked wonders!!

Shirley - posted on 11/15/2009

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What are you treating it with? You need to give him Nilstat for the entire course and also treat yourself ( your nipples I should say) You also need to keep treating your nipples a bit longer than you treat your son. just to make sure you don't re-infect your son.

Camille - posted on 11/15/2009

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I also had this problem with my daughter when she was about 3 months. I had been giving them bottled water all the time for their bottles and for like a week I had to give them tap water. A day later she had thrush and it got so bad that it was like caked about 1/4 inch on her tongue. The doctor actually did not give me any meds for it she told me to get a soft washcloth and warm warm water and remove it that way. I know this wont solve your problem but what type of water you are using might help. Sorry if this isnt very good. good luck.

Schmoopy - posted on 11/15/2009

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Gentian Violet is the "purple stuff" people are talking about. It's over the counter. Ask your pharmacist - s/he should be able to order it for you if it's not already in stock. (Or try Whole Foods.)



Blot your nipples with it and then nurse baby as usual. It will turn baby's mouth purple but that's temporary, don't worry.



It's AMAZING stuff. Very messy but extremely effective. Do it for 4-days, up to a week but no more. And beware of ulcers that can develop in baby's mouth. If you see one, discontinue immediately.

Daina - posted on 11/15/2009

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my son and i had thrush also, so painful! his doctor wrote me a prescription for a 1 dose antibiotic and got him the oral meds. make sure you and him BOTH take the medicine and that you use every last drop for him or it wont work. also make sure you let you nipples air dry after you are done feeding him so your nipples are not sitting in the moisture. hope it goes away. i know how bad it is

Mary - posted on 11/15/2009

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This may sound nasty but it really works! One of my grandmothers and mom's remedy. Take a fresh diaper your son has peed in and rub it where ever the thrush is daily and in due time it will be gone and should not come back. It worked for me, let me know if you try it and if it works for you!

Kristen - posted on 11/15/2009

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Sounds weird, but I had a professor who told us about this. She kept dealing with thrush with her daughter and the doctor finally recommended using the crystal violet that they use to dye the micro-organisms on slides. I don't know if theres a way to get ahold of that without being a microbiology student. She said it was a HUGE mess but it finally cleared up her baby's thrush. Good luck :)

Jo - posted on 11/15/2009

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My daughter used to get thursh in her mouth too, from the medicine she had to have when she came home. There is nilstat which ur doctor would have probably told u about and u can use daktarin in ur nipple. Sterlise all bottles and teats (i'm sure u already do, i don't mean that to sound insensitive) and if he has a dummy give him a newly sterlised one everytime u give him whichever medication he is on. Rather than have the steriliser going heaps during the day i would just boil them in a small saucepan so she always had a clean one. Good luck.

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I had this problem with my daughter and the best thing I found the doctor recommended to me is Gentian Violet. It's over the counter. Most of the time you have to ask the pharmisist for it but it worked great and cured my daughters thrush within a couple days. It is very messy though is the only negative. Good luck!

Donna - posted on 11/15/2009

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You're not doing anything wrong, so don't panic! I wish I knew the name of the medicine that some folks I know used, it worked great but turned the babies mouth purple! Ask a pharmacist, he or she should be able to tell you what it's called and how to get it. I remember it's over the counter, so you don't need a prescription.



Are you treating both of you, or just your son? Both of you need to be treated. If not, you're treating him and he keeps getting it back again from you.

Andrea - posted on 11/15/2009

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Do u use a binky or any thing like that.. The best thing is to clean anything that he may be putting in to his mouth.. I know nursing has a higher risk of this but i find that cleaning my nipples after every feed cut back on any problems.. Hope this helps...

Daphne - posted on 11/15/2009

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I am not exactly sure when i was 18 and pregnant with my second daughter my oldest was 19 months old and i got it. The doctor told me maybe i got it from putting her pacifier in my mouth in a bind when she dropped it in the store. He also said i could have drank outta a dirty can coke or ate of a dirty fork. That is all the insite i have it took me about 10 days to get over it and i had to rinse my mouth alot with this medicine that coated it and numbed it. It supposedly is a yeast infection in your mouth. Sorry but that all i got and that happened back in 1990

Danyelle - posted on 11/15/2009

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I never breast fed, but my sister did. She had a problem with that also. Her dr. told her to take the same medicine that she was to give the baby and rub it on her nipples and around them. It sounded funny at 1st but it worked and it never came back.

Annalisse - posted on 11/15/2009

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If you're brestfeeding then its you that is giving him the thrush. if hes bottle fed then start boiling his nipples before he uses them each time. The Dr will give him and you antibiotics.

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