Thrush is an infection that occurs at the mouths of babies. This condition is caused by a Candida, a yeast-like fungus. It is irritating, but treatable. Candida may also appear in rashes in moist places, like diaper rashes. If you are a breastfeeding mom, you can also experience this. For newborns, it can appear in the mouth a few weeks after birth. 

Oral thrust is probably the most common oral fungal infection in children and infants. Since it causes feeding difficulties, it can be uncomfortable. 

Causes

A little amount of Candida fungus lives in our mouths most of the time. But, if the immune system is weak, this small amount of fungus may grow, resulting to lesions and sores in the tongue and mouth. 

Oral thrust happen in infants because their immune systems are not yet mature. They can’t resist infection. 

Symptoms

Oral thrust symptoms appear suddenly. This can include the following:

  • White patches that appear like milk, though they can’t be wiped away
  • White patches at inside the cheeks, on the tongue, and the roof of the mouth
  • Under white lesions, red tissues may bleeds easily
  • Redness may occur around the patches
  • the patches may be painful
  • mouth corners may crack

Without any form or treatment, the lesions may gradually increase in size and number. Keep in mind that even in treatment, it can be difficult to get rid of. Most infants are not really bothered by this, but they can be very irritable, most especially when feeding. 

Natural remedies

Parents love buying baby essentials, like baby thermometers from Malaysia, for health emergencies. Depending on your baby’s age, a physician may suggest adding lactobacilli to her diet. This can provide good bacteria that can eliminate the fungus. Other remedies include grapeseed extract, tea tree oil, baking soda and coconut oil.