Signs of Thrush in Babies: What to Look For

Are wondering if your baby has thrush? Baby thrush is a very common yeast overgrowth that can cause a lot of discomfort for infants and stress for moms or other caretakers. Recognizing typical signs of thrush in babies will help you to quickly identify the problem and seek out the best solution.

Common thrush symptoms in babies include:

  • white patches of yeast overgrowth on the tongue, inside the cheeks, on the gums or roof of the mouth
  • baby is unusually fussy
  • reluctance to nurse or feed
  • loss of appetite
  • yeast rash in the diaper area, around the mouth, etc.
  • baby is gassy or showing other symptoms of tummy trouble
  • mild fever

Sometimes babies with thrush will have only one of these symptoms; for example a baby with mild thrush may have white patches of yeast overgrowth but may not show any sign of discomfort, etc. Other babies will be really quite uncomfortable; distressed moms may worry about a non stop crying baby with thrush.

Sometimes a baby has a white tongue but it’s not thrush; it’s just milk residue. If you’re wondering, “Is it thrush or milk?”, there are a few ways to help tell the difference. For example, does your child have any other baby thrush symptoms? If so, it’s almost certainly thrush. Also, if you try to wipe away the white on your infant’s tongue and it’s irritated or bleeding underneath, that’s another sign that it’s baby tongue thrush and not milk.

If you use the natural treatments we recommend at, it can only help your baby’s health so there’s no harm in treating for it. The drugs that are used to treat thrush can be harmful though so your doctor will want to be sure your baby has thrush before writing a prescription.

It never hurts to take your baby to a pediatrician for a formal diagnosis, although in our experience sometimes pediatricians may overlook more subtle thrush symptoms, so as a parent or caretaker you need to be aware of that. At Thrush911 we really don’t recommend drugs as a first line of treatment for infant thrush, but you can at least get an idea from your doctor of whether or not your baby has thrush.

This is especially important if your baby has signs of a more serious infection, such as a fever, or isn’t feeding well enough to stay hydrated and nourished. Never take a chance if your baby has signs of serious illness! Always check with your doctor or health care advisor.

There are also other signs of thrush in babies that can help you determine if your child  is suffering from yeast overgrowth. For example, does your baby have any other risk factors for yeast? Was your baby exposed to antibiotics or steroids during labor and delivery or in the hospital? Exposure to antibiotics or steroids significantly raises the chance for yeast overgrowth and antibiotics especially are one of the main triggers of oral thrush in infants.

If you had vaginal yeast during pregnancy (which is very common), then it’s also possible for your baby to contract yeast while coming through the birth canal. However, even without any of these risk factors, babies are very susceptible to contracting yeast in hospitals, as hospitals are teeming with all kinds of germs, including the strains of yeast that cause thrush. Candida, the yeast that causes thrush, is the 4th most common hospital-acquired infection.

Since babies’ immune systems are not fully developed and their little mouths are often full of either sugar-rich breastmilk or formula, this sets the stage for the growth of thrush in a baby’s mouth.

At Thrush911, we take symptoms of thrush in babies seriously. After all, the yeast cells that causes thrush are very common but they can also be very harmful, especially to preemies, newborns or people with weakened immunity.

Unfortunately, the drugs used to treat thrush, such as diflucan or nystatin are frequently ineffective and can actually make the thrush more difficult to treat. This is why we developed our Thrush911 program – to cure babies with thrush quickly, safely and naturally.

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