Thrush is a sort of mouth infection caused by candida yeast in which the tongue is covered with patches that are white in color and bleed. These patches do not get removed easily. Although thrush can occur in adults, it is a condition that is generally associated with infants and breastfeeding mothers. The white patches often appear like curd in babies’ mouth and it becomes difficult to breastfeed the baby who has thrush.
In certain cases, thrush may also develop in and around the diaper area where it takes the form of red rash. In case of the breastfeeding mother, thrush causes sore nipples that may or may not be accompanied with rashes. Since there is a close connection between an infant and the breastfeeding mother, the candida yeast easily finds a passage to and fro the mother and her child.
The candida yeast is found in intestines and it helps the digestion process. On occasions when the candida yeast is overabundant, the child’s immune system becomes incapable of controlling its overgrowth. This leads to appearance of thrush.
Here Are Some Natural Remedies To Treat Thrush In Infants Effectively
Grapefruit Seed Extract
This particular antimicrobial agent effectively kills pathogenic microorganisms. It behaves like a natural antibiotic without any adverse effects.
Pure coconut oil is a great way to deal with thrush naturally. Virgin coconut oil contains MCFAs i.e. medium-chain fatty acids that is easily digested by the infant. Besides, coconut oil also improves the functioning of immune system. Also, coconut oil contains caprylic acid that is effective against fungal infections. It can be applied to the mouth of the infant as well as to the nipples of the breastfeeding mother. Virgin coconut oil prevents the candida yeast to get transferred from one source to another.
Tea Tree Oil
The effectiveness of tea tree oil in the treatment of fungal infections is well known by now. However, it is safer to be used by the mother on the nipples. Just mix tea tree oil and coconut oil and it is ready to be applied on the nipples. Make sure that you rinse the nipples and pat them dry prior to breastfeeding. It can be used against the red rash in and around the diaper area.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is also proved to be effective against the candida yeast. It can be applied to the nipples as well as to the infant’s mouth. For your information, the apple cedar vinegar might bring tears to your eyes and the baby might refuse it initially but it has no harmful side effect.
Diet For mothers
Mothers should avoid diet rich in carbohydrates such as dairy products and sugar. Sugar intake should be limited to minimal so as to prevent overgrowth of candida yeast. However, one can take yogurt and acidophilus-containing dairy products.
Maintenance of hygiene does not provide a congenial environment for the yeast to grow. You should sterilize the nipples of the bottles because the baby chews it for quite a long time. While washing bras and breast pads as well as baby’s cloths add vinegar to warm water. Sunlight is the biggest enemy of the candida yeast. So, always dry the laundry under bright sunlight.
On the other hand, one can resort to an alkaline wash by mixing baking soda to boiled water to wash the laundry or to wash the nipples and baby’s mouth after breastfeeding. This can be used to wash the diaper area on baby’s body.