What Is Thrush and What Can You Do to Help Your Child?
Posted on 8/24/2020 by SRD on 5th
Thrush is fairly common in young children and toddlers. If your child does develop this condition rest easy as it is easily treated. In fact, we can usually tell if your little one has thrush with a quick visual inspection and begin treatment immediately.
What is Thrush?
Thrush is essentially a yeast infection. More specifically, it is a fungal infection of the mouth caused by an organism called candida albicans. This microbe is present in your mouth and digestive tract, but usually in small amounts. When it increases disproportionately (known as candida overgrowth), those with weak immune systems or poor oral hygiene can develop thrush. Since young children have developing immune systems, this makes them more susceptible to this condition.
One of the first signs of thrush is a white coating or patches on the tongue. This discoloration might be present on the gums and inner lips, too. If the infection has spread to the throat, your child might have a sore mouth and difficulty swallowing. At the first onset of thrush, there is usually no pain or discomfort. If you get to us at the first sighting of those telltale white patches, we can clear up thrush very quickly.
Depending on age, thrush is treated with a topical antifungal oral solution, oral rinse, lozenges, or antibiotics. If thrush is present, drinking cold liquids, especially from a straw, is a way to manage any discomfort. We will also discuss home-based care for preventing thrush which mainly consists of maintaining good oral hygiene. Thrush can be caused by corticosteroid inhalers, so prevention is essential for those who require these medications. Thrush symptoms are usually gone in about two weeks, but the condition can last longer and become recurrent if not treated properly to begin with.