By Cathy Johnson, Lethbridge, Alberta
When my daughter was born I didn’t know what thrush was, and had no idea I could harbour yeast in my breasts and pass it on to my baby by breastfeeding. We seem to be a family that is particularly susceptible to thrush; how I wish I had known then what I know now!
Telltale symptoms are whit patches in baby’s mouth, which do not wipe off with a clean finger or damp cloth. Baby’s mouth may look irritated, and may even bleed where attempts to remove the white crust have been made. Thrush is a yeast infection occurring in the breasts and vaginal area of the mother, and in baby’s mouth, digestive tract and diaper area. As thrush can easily spread throughout baby’s system, there may be angry looking red spots in the rectal area, redness and discomfort over the entire diaper area. Some babies show no distress when thrushy, others become irritable and fuss at the start of a nursing. Mother may feel nothing, or notice a sharp, deep pain at the beginning of breastfeeding; sometimes it persists throughout the entire feeding.
Here’s how to avoid thrush:
The same goes for gummed toys, and wash cloths.
Here’s how to get rid of thrush:
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