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Oral Thrush In Newborn Babies

Oral Thrush In Newborn Babies

Candida albicans is a type of yeast fungus that is known to cause oral thrush in newborn babies, this is a common problem for children to have and in this article we are going to examine some of the ways that the condition can be treated. First we should take a look at some background

Candida albicans is a type of yeast fungus that is known to cause oral thrush in newborn babies, this is a common problem for children to have and in this article we are going to examine some of the ways that the condition can be treated. First we should take a look at some background information on thrush. In the environment and in the human body there are many microorganisms, for the most part these organisms, such as fungi, have a symbiotic relationship with the human body. This means that they are beneficial to our health. Candida albicans, the fungus that causes thrush, does not have this beneficial relationship however. The fungus will usually take hold in the body when the baby is first born as the immune system will be weak.

Oral thrush can come from a mother who has a yeast infection or from a reaction to certain drugs. A baby who is given antibiotic drugs will experience a change in their mouth that will actually encourage a fungus to develop. The yeast infection can also be transferred to the baby when it passes through the birth canal. Oral thrush presents itself with white lesions that appear inside the mouth of the baby, they may appear on the tongue, inside of the cheeks or on the gums. A doctor will be able to diagnose oral thrush on sight alone, they will also take a culture and conduct a barium swallow that will confirm the diagnosis. Additionally the doctor may take a swab of the babies tongue, this will be sent to a lab to confirm that the thrush is not being complicated by an additional condition.

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Treatment for this infection will be conducted for both the mother and child simultaneously. This will ensure that the infection is removed from both parties and help prevent it just be transferred across again. A mother may experience stinging or itching on the nipples of her breasts; this can indicate a Candida infection. This condition and the yeast infection can be treated with topical or systemic medications. Doctors will often begin with a topical (external) treatment and if this fails to be effective, use a more powerful systemic (internal) medication. Your paediatrician will provide information on how to use the drugs you are prescribed. Mothers should look out for the symptoms of an oral thrush infection and seek treatment quickly to ensure no further compilations arise from the condition.

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