Treating and Preventing Thrush

Thrush is an infection that is caused by an imbalance of yeast in a baby’s mouth. We all have yeast in our mouths which aides in digestion. The same yeast, candida albicans, is also the culprit of diaper rashes and vaginal yeast infections.

Oral thrush can affect baby’s of any age, yet those under six months of age are most likely to develop the infection. Though it may not seem to bother baby at all, in adults the symptoms include a burning feeling and discomfort swallowing.  The infection can occur in and around baby’s mouth. It is visible and easily identified by its white patches. These patches cannot be rubbed away and may spread over time. Since the same yeast is involved in thrush as diaper rash, the two can occur at the same time. Extra care should be taken to change diapers frequently to prevent additional troubles with yeast. Additional risks include a breastfeeding mom taking antibiotics. Antibiotics can cause an unhealthy amount of yeast to accumulate.

The key to treatment is to not only remedy the excess yeast but prevent passing it back. Thrush can be passed between mother to baby and also from items that come into contact with baby’s mouth. It can also be passed while breastfeeding. Extra care should be taken to keep nipples clean and be mindful of any signs of a yeast issue on them as well. They can be treated separately if necessary to prevent thrush from lingering.

Bottles should be sterilized in boiling water after each use, especially the nipples. Pacifiers can be a huge culprit for yeast issues since used throughout the day. They should be gathered together once a day and sterilized using boiling water in the same way you would a bottle nipple.

Thrush is treated by a prescription anti fungal. The medicine is then placed in baby’s mouth using a cotton swab. There is no need to rinse the medication out since it needs to stay in the area as long as possible.

Older babies may be also given lactobacilli containing yogurt. This will naturally replace the balance of good bacteria to control the amount of yeast in baby’s mouth.

Reoccuring cases of thrush may be a sign of other health issues. Since the body’s ability to balance yeast is tied to the immune system, a pediatrician should be consulted every time baby gets a case of thrush.

 

Why Do Babies Get Diaper Rash?

Diaper rash is something that parents hate to see on their child, however common it may be, and even for parents who remember having it themselves (less common now, but in the not-too-distant past variations of diaper rash could occur even into late infancy) it is something that no-one wants to see on their newborn child. The reasons for it are quite simple and entirely commonplace, but it is preventable and treatable. If your child does develop a diaper rash, quick treatment is advisable. And prevention is a matter of following some simple rules and showing diligence at key points which might lead to infection.

The major cause of diaper rash is wetness. This is no big surprise. The reason that it does not occur with any regularity in adults, after all, is that we are able to perform our bathroom rituals ourselves and know what needs to be done – essentially, what feels right and what we have learned. Babies, however, urinate quite often and will sometimes be in a dirty diaper for a while before changing. In addition to this, their stools are generally quite loose and their bowel movements are more frequent than those of adults. Unless they are changed with a regularity bordering on the obsessive, there is a chance of infection. Even then a baby with sensitive skin can become infected.

In an older baby, a time of sickness which is treated with antibiotics can be a risky time, as they are prone to diarrhea and the higher risk of diaper rash that that can bring. In short, even the best parents can have a case to deal with, and it is how they respond that is important.

Diaper Rash – how to recognize it

New parents have a lot of cause to be concerned about their baby’s health. Visiting any page with even just the regular things that can – and do – happen to most babies is enough to drive someone to distraction. Even non-parents would be hard pressed not to shudder in sympathy. Something as common as diaper rash, which affects most babies at some point in some measure, is still too much for any parent to bear with real composure. Knowing how to recognize diaper rash, and prevent it getting worse, is something that all parents will be well served by in the early life of their baby.

The diaper area of a baby will, unavoidably, come into contact with some bacteria on a regular basis. Even regular changes and cleaning can sometimes fail to pick it up. You will know when your baby has diaper rash, as it is characterized by skin in the diaper area appearing red and inflamed, and in some cases coming up in pimples. It will irritate the child and if left unchecked can develop into something worse, including a number of infections. As well as this, it will be obvious to any parent that the child is in quite some discomfort. They will cry more and louder, and show general displeasure. Keeping your baby clean will, however, keep diaper rash from occurring in a severe manner or too often, and swift corrective action including treatment with a gentle, pH neutral moisturizer will make a real difference, quickly.

Feeding A Premature Baby

When it comes to dealing with a premature baby, the rules change somewhat from the typical ones for dealing with a baby where everything has happened more or less on schedule. Sometimes you will find that, due to their reduced size and strength, your baby has less of an appetite if it has been born prematurely. In order to mitigate against this you may need to pay more attention and encourage him or her to feed. Even though their natural desire to feed may be reduced as compared with a stronger baby, they will still need to feed in order to gain some of the strength that they lack.

A newborn, fully healthy baby will want to feed between eight and twelve times a day. They will automatically wake up in order to do this. A premature baby may prefer naturally to sleep, as they will tire easier due to their lack of strength. This may mean that you need to wake your baby and persuade him or her to feed. After a time this will become a more natural process as they gain in strength and consequently in appetite. While you are waiting for this to happen, it may be necessary to wake without “fully waking” – an alarm clock set to a gentle chime will mean that you can wake, feed, and go back to sleep, which is much better for your own health. By keeping your baby in the same room as you, you can simplify this matter a great deal.