Thrush is a common but harmless fungal infection (candida albicans).
It occurs in both breastfed and bottle-fed children. Nearly everyone carries the fungus, but most people remain symptomless. It only manifests itself when our resistance is low, for example in case of illness or fatigue. And an antibiotic treatment, a vitamin deficiency or the wrong diet can also promote the growth of the candida albicans fungus.
How do I recognize thrush?
How should you treat thrush?
You do not always have to show disease characteristics to still have a fungal infection.
1. If you have a suspicion of thrush, contact your doctor. This can prescribe a treatment with a fungicidal ointment or syrup.
2. Wash your hands before and after feeding. And after handling your little one.
3. When you flask your milk, be sterile. Thoroughly clean all bottles, nipples and flask after each use.
4. Milk that may be contaminated with candida albicans - heat up to 60 ° C to kill the fungus. If you do not, milk can cause a reinfection. Freezing your milk does not kill the mold!
5. Your undergarments, such as nursing bra and shirt, will also have to be washed properly. Preferably at 60 ° C. As well as towels, washcloths, laundry cushion covers, bibs, cushions, and so on. Change clothes and the like daily.
6. Does your child often put his toys in his mouth? Then you will also have to thoroughly clean them. Just like the pool where you bathe your little one.
7. You (and your child, if it gets supplementary food) should also follow an anti-fungal diet:
8. In addition to hygiene and diet, taking probiotics (both by yourself and your child) also supports the medical treatment of thrush. It strengthens the resistance and promotes good intestinal flora. Making the candida mold less likely to proliferate.
9. The swallowing of a vitamin preparation for breastfeeding mothers also provides treatment support. Because a vitamin deficiency can make candida worse.
10. If you want to prevent a re-breakout, please pay attention to:
Also see these information articles: · Breastfeeding · Benefits · Bottling · Breastfeeding diapers · Changing food · Clustering · Duration · Empty days · Let down reflex · Menstruation · Milk channels and breast inflammation · Milk production · Nipples · Physical consequences · Positioning · Quickly stopping · Reasons to stop · Tandem feeding