Thrush in Babies: Natural Remedies

Thrush should never get to be such a big problem that medication is needed.thrush

by Judith G. Cobb, MH, CI, NCP

Note: More information about the products mentioned can be found at the end of the article.

What can cause thrush?

If Mom has a vaginal yeast infection, as Baby descends the birth canal he is exposed to the candida that Mom is carrying in her vagina. He takes in a good big dose, and whammy! within days or even hours he has all the typical symptoms.

thrushAnother way thrush may develop is if antibiotics are administered to Baby or Mom (if Mom is breastfeeding). This can upset the delicate balance of the mucous membranes and allow thrush to develop.

Thrush tends to be more common in bottle-fed babies since most formula does not contain probiotics.1  It is important to remember, though, that thrush can be easily passed between Baby’s mouth and Mom’s nipples in breastfeeding couples.

Symptoms of thrush in babies

The most commonly recognized symptom of thrush in babies is the appearance of little white sores in Baby’s mouth that resemble curdled milk. When Mom tries to clean her little one’s mouth out, she finds the ‘curds’ don’t come off easily, and she ends up scraping the tops off a few, only to leave painful open sores behind. At this oral infection stage, Baby can pass this infection to his mom via her nipples. (A thrush/yeast infection in the nipples will cause soreness, redness, flakiness, and can even lead to cracking and bleeding.)

The second (and somewhat less recognized) symptom of thrush in babies is the bum rash. A thrush bum rash will often rash, blister, and bleed almost as soon as feces hits the diaper. (This kind of a violent rash can also be the result of ‘ammonical diaper’ or food allergies.)

An even less recognized symptom of thrush in babies is an obviously hungry baby who only fusses at the breast.

Prevention of thrush

thrushIt is a good idea to boil everything the baby uses orally (except Mom’s nipples if the baby is breastfeeding ☺) to prevent passing this infection around the family. Bottle nipples should be boiled 20 minutes prior to normal sterilization techniques being used. Cloth diapers should be bleached (I know this is not environmentally sound, but it is the best way to totally sterilize diapers) and rinsed at least twice.

Possible Treatments for thrush in babies

Medical doctors often will recommend treating the mouth sores by swabbing them with gentian-violet. This very messy drug destroys the fungus cell membranes which causes the loss of essential elements and causes the cells to die. Alternately, your doctor may recommend adminsitering miconzaole or nystatin

Dr. Lendon Smith recommends giving the child 100 – 200 mg of vitamin C daily, and in addition the mother should take 1000 mg of vitamin C daily if she is breastfeeding. Additional nutrients for the child, according to Smith, should include 25 mg of each of the B vitamins, 10,000 – 20,000 iu of vitamin A, and acidophilus. (Adelle Davis states that thrush is more common in vitamin A-deficient babies.)

Acidophilus should be administered orally. Just open the capsule, mix the powder with breast milk (or water), dip your finger in, and let Baby suck it off your finger. (Wash your hands really well before and after this to prevent the spread of thrush.)

There are also some herbs that work well for this condition. Echinacea extract, sometimes found in combination with goldenseal, is another excellent and time-proven option for helping a wee one to throw off a thrush infection. Administering combination CLT-X orally in the form of a tea along with white oak bark tea will often help. Bathing Baby (and letting him play) in a small bath of white oak bark tea or goldenseal root tea will soothe and heal the sore bottom.   I have administered a very, very dilute ‘tea tree oil and water’ oral solution (i.e. 1 drop of oil in 15 ml of water) with good results.

Aloe vera gel rubbed gently, but thoroughly, onto Baby’s bottom can help to heal the sores very quickly. It is also helpful to not use disposable diapers (or plastic pants) on babies with this problem. This will ensure more diaper changes (and thus, Mom will be more aware of the need to change wet/dirty diapers). It will also allow some air circulation around the bum which will help the rash to heal. If possible, it is a good idea to let Baby have some ‘bare bum’ time each day to make sure the bottom is well aired out. (One doctor I know of has even recommended drying freshly washed little bums with a hand held hair dryer to ensure thorough drying with good air circulation.)

All of the remedies listed for topical and internal use can also be used for yeast in adults, and for yeast infected nipples.

Symptoms should begin to subside by day three of consistent treatment. Therapy should continue for at least 10 more days to make sure the yeast problem is taken care of.

Thrush should never get to be such a big problem that medication is needed. If this problem is addressed at the very first symptoms, it can usually be dealt with very quickly and easily (and Baby will thank you for your speedy attention to the matter, too.)

If you have concerns about your health or that of your child, or just don’t know where to begin making improvements, please contact me, Judith Cobb, to book an appointment. Skype, phone, webinar, and face-to-face appointments are available.

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Products referred to in this article:

 Nature’s Sunshine Products CANADANature’s Sunshine Products USA
Vitamin C for momVitamin CVitamin C Citrus Bioflavonoids
Vitamin C for babyVitamin C Ascorbates is available
through the Sunshine Direct program
(contact Nature’s Sunshine Canada at
1-800-265-9163 for instructions) or by
special order from Cobblestone Health
(judith@cobblestonehealth.com or
403-850-5503).
Vitamin C Ascorbates
B VitaminsStress FormulaNutri-Calm
Vitamin AVitamin A & DVitamin A & D
AcidophilusProbiotic 11Probiotic 11
Echinacea / goldensealEchinacea, UltimateEchinacea/Golden Seal Liquid
CLT-XCLT-XCLT-X
White oak barkWhite Oak Bark is available
through the Sunshine Direct program
(contact Nature’s Sunshine Canada at
1-800-265-9163 for instructions) or by
special order from Cobblestone Health
(judith@cobblestonehealth.com or
403-850-5503).
White Oak Bark
Tea tree oilTea Tree OilTea Tree Authentic Oil
Aloe vera gelAloe Vera GelAloe Vera Gel

Sources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17922969

Bibliography:

Davis, Adelle, Let’s Have Healthy Children. Signet Book, Scarborough, Ont., 1981.

Davis, Elizabeth, Heart & Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth. Celestial Arts, Berkeley, Ca., 1987.

Griffith, H. Winter, Complete Guide to Pediatric Symptoms, Illness & Medications. The Body Press, Los Angeles, Ca., 1989.

Griffith, H. Winter, Complete Guide to Prescription and Non-Prescription Drugs. The Body Press, Los Angeles, Ca., 1990.

Smith, Lendon, Feed Your Kids Right. Dell Publishing Co, Inc., New York, 1979.

Weed, Susan S., Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year. Ash Tree Publishing, New Canaan, Conn., 1986.

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