Thrush is an overgrowth of yeast, called Candida Albicans, which occurs throughout the body. In woman it affects the digestive tract, breasts and nipples. Babies develop thrush in the mouth and nappy area. Trying to remove the white pots from your baby's mouth can often result in bleeding and cause pain and feeding problems.
Preventing and Treating Thrush
Doctors will prescribe medication and creams for treatment, but you have to ensure the right balance of bacteria to inhibit thrush. As babies can get Candida from their mothers from breastfeeding, mothers and babies need to be treating together. Below you will find some tips to enable you to correct the balance of healthy bacterium while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Thrush thrives on sugar and yeast. One way to prevent thrush is to eliminate sugar, yeast, wheat and mushrooms from your diet. You will be surprised as to what products contain sugar so read product labels carefully and make informed decisions.
Probiotic is a friendly bacteria and are excellent for the treatment of thrush. Your doctor cans subscribe for this, but make sure to treat yourself and your baby at the same time.
Be sure to eat plain yoghurt with live cultures regularly. Yoghurt contains probiotics which will help restore your body's natural balance of the healthy bacteria. If your baby is already eating solids make sure you feed him some yoghurt daily.
Garlic has natural anti-fungal properties that will help your body with the fight against thrush. Bad breath from eating garlic can be contained by eating parsley or you can take odorless garlic capsules if that is readily available in all health shops.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Thrush / Candida thrills on warm, moist and acidic environments. Rinse your nipples after each feeding with a mixture of 1 cup water and 1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar. This will act as a strong alkaline.
Apply Gentian Violet on affected areas such as your nipples or babies mouth. Gentian Violet is a purple die that kills the fungus, but be careful as it can stain clothing. Do not use this if your baby already has teeth.
Exposure to air
Yeast infections flourish is damp dark environments, so make sure to expect the affected areas to as much sun, light and air as possible. When using this method with your baby please be sure not to expose him / her to direct sunlight during mid morning to early afternoon. This will ensure your baby is not exposed to dangerous UV rays.
Boil nipple shields, pacifiers and chewy toys separately after each use. Never share you towel and always wash after each use. Also do not save expressed milk during the infection time as this could cause recurrence of thrush.
The proper healthy treatment of thrush in you and your baby will create an environment where healthy bacterium dominate so that you and your baby stay thrush free.