20.09.2015

Trying for a baby thrush

Thrush can pass through your baby's digestive system to her bottom and cause nappy rash. It may not bother your baby, but if her mouth is sore she may be reluctant to feed (CKS 2009, NHS 2012). Join now to receive free weekly newsletters tracking your baby’s development and yours throughout your pregnancy.
You may first suspect thrush if your baby starts crying when breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, or sucking on a pacifier.
Always wash your hands each time you've finished treating your baby, to stop thrush from spreading.
Your doctor may advise you to give her infant paracetamol to ease the pain enough for her to carry on with her feeds.


You should also talk to your doctor if your baby also has a fever of more than 38 degrees C if she is under three months, or 39 degrees C if she is under six months. A hungry baby who finds it painful to feed is always a worry, but thrush is usually short-lived. Raised, white lesions on the tongue and a cottage cheese-like appearance on the inner cheek are signs of thrush. It looks like spots or patches of cottage cheese or milk curds in and around your baby’s mouth. Give your baby all the comfort she needs, and follow your doctor's instructions for pain relief and medicine. Infant and young child feeding: Model Chapter for textbooks for medical students and allied health professionals.


She may have picked up thrush from you as she passed through the birth canal during labour. Common types of rashes in children include diaper rash, a skin condition called eczema, baby dandruff called cradle cap, and infections such as roseola and fifth disease.



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