This infection develops in babies of three or four weeks old to two months old. As the babies grow they are less susceptible to this infection.
But, older children and even adults may suffer from thrush due to weak immune system and medicines for AIDS or chemotherapy or if they eat unhealthy food. Thrush causes some pain to the baby but it is not considered as a serious problem.
The symptoms of oral thrush include white curd like patches or coating that gets stuck inside the cheeks, lips and tongue. Also, there can be discoloration of lips and mouth. Thrush cannot be removed easily and if it is rubbed off then the underlying skin starts bleeding and looks like inflamed.
The causes of thrush are many like if the rubber nipples are handled carelessly or the mother of the baby is taking antibiotics then it can pass to the child through breastfeeding. Babies can suffer thrush during delivery if mother is afflicted with vaginal yeast infection.
Babies of diabetic mothers are at risk of getting thrush. It can also spread from one infected baby to another baby in nurseries. Thrush can also spread due to mother or family member’s infected hands. In adults, thrush is caused as a side effect of medicines like antibiotics etc. In women it can be caused due to hormonal changes like pregnancy or birth control pills.
Thrush can be treated in numerous ways. It can be cured using allopathic medicines but natural remedies are given priority. Apply sodium bicarbonate mixed with water or carbonated soda in the interiors of baby’s mouth. Mothers can coat their nipples with this water if baby is suffering from thrush. Applying oregano oil inside mouth for two to three days can cure thrush effectively.
Keep the things used for babies clean. You can sterilize the bottles and rubber nipples in boiling water. Boil water and let it cool for some time. Give this water to the baby to drink after breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Use a soft cloth to clean baby’s mouth after breastfeeding. Do not allow family members or visitors to put their fingers in baby’s mouth.