A toddler with thrush is not a happy toddler! Thrush can be painful and irritating; even if the thrush is not too uncomfortable, it’s not a good sign that your child has yeast, which is a type of opportunistic infection. Thrush in a toddler requires some special considerations for treatment according to the child’s age and other factors.
First of all, it’s important to realize that pharmaceutical drugs, such as prescription anti-fungals like Nystatin or Diflucan, should be your lastline of defense. Diflucan and other potent anti-fungals carry the risk of serious side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, seizures and even liver failure.
Nystatin, while not as toxic, still carries the risk of side effects – one side effect being that it can cause the yeast to mutate into a more difficult-to-treat form. Not the desired effect, I’d say! Nystatin is also mixed with sugar to make it bearably palatable for babies and toddlers – yet sugar promotes yeast, so this is like a double-edged sword.
The next thing you want to consider is how did your toddler get thrush in the first place? Yeast is everywhere, yet not every child gets thrush. Toddler thrush is a sign that your child’s body is out of balance, allowing the yeast to grow out of control.
Antibiotics are one of the key factors that can lead to thrush. If your child’s been exposed to antibiotics even one time – even during labor and delivery – he or she is at increased risk for thrush and other opportunistic infections as well.
It’s important to know that some of the most commonly recommended “natural” remedies for thrush simply aren’t suitable for toddlers or babies. For example, gentian violet (one of the most popular home remedies for thrush) is linked to increased risk for oral cancer later in life. The best approach is to cure the thrush naturally and holistically – at the root. This approach will not only cure the thrush but will also boost your child’s immunity to all kinds of infections.