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Nightowl Jan 07-23-2011 09:00 AM

I am pretty sure my 12 day old has thrush. Her tongue has a thick layer of white, her inner lips have white blotches and so do her gums. At first, a few days ago, I thought it was just milk residue but it's getting worse and spreading in her mouth.
I read a little on it but I have never dealt with this. I know it can clear up on it's own but my breast can reinfect her and the bacteria can pass back n forth between breast and I am tandem nursing my 22 month old and I am worried about her getting it too!

What do I do???

1blessedmama 07-23-2011 10:03 AM

Re: Thrush
Can you scrape it off? It so, it's likely milk. However, my kids all had a milk tongue that COULDN'T be scraped off but it was definitely milk, not thrush.

If it IS thrush, you should get on top of it ASAP! Thrush or not, though, both of you need to get on quality probiotics. :) You can also swab her mouth with diluted GSE (gentian violet is an option too, but it's SO messy), and rinse your nipples off with GSE and/or vinegar in between nursing, and let them air dry. Ditch nursing pads (or replace them with fresh clean ones regularly (I always go to sposie pads with thrush, even if I no longer need them, because it keeps my bras clean and I can leave a treatment on my breasts). Ditch lanolin as well. I like to put coconut oil on my nipples after rinsing with GSE/ACV because it is antifungal, but also will keep them from getting cracked and painful (a side effect of thrush that doesn't get treated right away).

I have tandem nursed during thrush numerous times, and nursed three kids during our worst time of thrush. However, the problem was with one child and myself most of the time, and I didn't have to worry about the other two really. I always made sure they were on probiotics, and occasionally treated them with something too, but overall I just focused on myself and the baby and that's how we overcame it.

Here is more info on my blog if you might need it...

Hope you can get it dealt with soon!!!!

Nightowl Jan 07-23-2011 11:54 AM

Well, last night I took a gauze covered finger and tried scraping it off and it sorta came off but it was hard to get in there.... but now I see spots on the inside of her lips, too...

I will try those suggestions you mentioned! Thank you so much! I will go get some Flora Jen asap and that other stuff,too.

Thanks again :)

lisha622 07-23-2011 04:15 PM

Re: Thrush
GSE has helped us greatly.

Nightowl Jan 07-27-2011 12:34 AM

Well, it IS thrush. I took her in and my MW have us Nyastatin or whatever its called. Suspension liquid for her mouth and cream for my nipples. I mentioned the stuff you guys mentioned including what I read on that blog and she said try this stuff first before doing all that.

So I started it last night. Crossing my fingers we get over it soon!

2+2macht4 07-27-2011 12:42 AM

Re: Thrush
Make sure you wash all things that touch your nipples as well as babies mouth those too can reinfect.

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