Thrush is a fungal infection of the mouth. It can affect up to 40% of infants because of the immaturity of their immune system. It presents with white, curd type patches on the cheeks, gums, and palate. These are easily removed, revealing an underlying red base that is not usually painful.. Baby may become windy, fretful and fidgety during feeds. Triggers can include not effective sterilisation of dummies and teats in a bottle fed baby.
Treatment for a bottle fed or breast fed baby with thrush is Nystatin Oral Suspension 100,000 units /ml DOSE for infants (1 month to 2 years): In thrush in infants and children, 1 ml oral Nystatin should be dropped into the mouth four times a day, usually for 7 days (continue use for 48 hours after symptoms have cleared). The longer the suspension is kept in contact with the affected area in the mouth, before swallowing, the greater will be its effect. This prescription can be given by a Health Visitor or a GP.
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