Thrush in infants is very common. Usually, thrush occurs in most babies, since this disease can manifest itself for many reasons, for example, poor hygiene when breastfeeding a child, with reduced protective properties of the immune system. In addition, thrush in infants may be a consequence of infection of the baby’s body during birth.
As a rule, thrush in infants is expressed in the form of a whitish coating, which covers the mucous membranes of the mouth. After removing this plaque, irritation and slight redness remains in its place. Thrush in infants becomes a cause of discomfort and entails a significant decrease in appetite in a child, up to a complete refusal to eat.
At the first stages of the disease, treatment of the disease should immediately begin in order to avoid the development of thrush. To cure a child, proper hygiene is required. It is mandatory to carry out the disinfection of pacifiers and nipples, feeding bottles and other children’s dishes. If the baby is breast milk, the nipples must be kept clean, wipe them with a weak solution of tea soda after each feeding.
In the event that thrush in infants has developed into a more complicated degree, it is required to consult a pediatrician about treatment. As a rule, doctors prescribe antifungal drugs to treat thrush in infants. To treat thrush of very young children, as a rule, special ointments and fluids are used to treat lesions. Drops based on nystatin and Candide antifungal liquid are very effective for treating thrush in infants. These tools require three times a day to process the oral cavity of the child. In addition, to maintain a normal state of the oral cavity, it should be treated with a weak solution of tea soda. If the mother is still breastfeeding, then in parallel with the treatment of the child, it is necessary to treat the mother herself. This measure is required to prevent re-infection.
As a rule, from thrush in infants there is not a trace left when they reach six months of age. If the treatment of thrush in infants does not have an effect, a full examination of the baby is required. The examination shows whether the child’s immune system is working correctly or not.
Of course, the most effective treatment for thrush in infants is its prevention before the manifestation of the disease itself. Prevention of thrush in infants consists in observing the simplest rules of hygiene. Hygiene of the child consists in sterilizing all the children’s dishes, proper care of the condition of the nipples, if the mother breast-feeds the child. For all this, special tools are used. In addition, after each feeding, it is necessary to give the child a few teaspoons of boiled water. Water washes away the remains of food intake and, thus, prevents the growth of pathogenic bacteria in the oral cavity of the child.
If thrush in infants develops, then treatment with antifungal drugs should immediately begin. These funds are prescribed to the child by a pediatrician. If the baby is breast-fed, then, as a rule, special fluids or ointments are prescribed for him to treat thrush. Ointments and liquids are treated several times every day with the site of the thrush. It is very useful to rinse the child’s oral cavity with a glycerol solution of borax 15%. Such a rinse disinfects the oral cavity, kills pathogenic bacteria. Of course, for the complete cure of a child suffering from thrush, it is also necessary to treat the mother at the same time. This is to avoid recurrence of infection.