If an infant is too fussy and crying while feeding and you notice white patches in your mouth – specifically on your baby’s tongue, he or she may have a fungal infection of the newborn or thrush.
You may have experienced vaginal yeast infection at some point in your life and during pregnancy, so you can imagine the discomfort your baby is feeling. What exactly is infant tongue disease and how can you help your baby feel better?
What is fungal tongue disease in newborns?
Infant tongue disease is a common type and usually not serious, infant tongue or thrush is a yeast infection that often appears as white irregularly shaped patches or sores or gold covers the baby’s gums and tongue along with the sides and palate.
Infant tongue disease is caused by yeast or a fungus called Candida albicans. Although a minor infection, fungal tongue in babies can be uncomfortable or even painful for the baby and for you if you are breastfeeding.
Tongue disease in children often appears when children do not have a proper oral hygiene. If not treated promptly, the tongue will spread around the tongue area, causing loss of taste and making children lazy to eat.
In severe cases, the fungus may spread to the intestinal tract, causing prolonged diarrhea, which is very dangerous for patients.
How to identify fungal tongue in newborns?
White patches may be a sign of thrush, or they may simply be caused by milk deposits, usually on the baby’s tongue after a feed, but usually dissolve within an hour.
To find out if your baby’s white tongue is caused by milk or this type of yeast infection, try wiping it gently with a soft, damp cloth or gauze finger. If the tongue is pink and healthy after cleaning, no further treatment is needed. If the white plaque on the baby’s tongue does not easily peel off or you will find a rough red mark beneath it, it could be a fungal tongue disease in an infant, and you should contact your pediatrician.
Uncomfortable and happy feeding (babies begin to suck, then turn away in pain) is another sign that they may have thrush.
Is mycosis in newborns contagious?
If you are breastfeeding, it is very likely that your baby is not the only one with this disease. Yeast infections are passed back and forth from the baby’s mouth to the mother’s breast during breast-feeding sessions (and then back and forth if both mother or baby are left untreated).
Symptoms of nipple thrush include scabbing and painful nipples, along with a rosy, shiny, itchy, flaky, and / or scaly appearance. There may also be sharp pains in the breast during or after a feed.
Sometimes if your baby has thrush, he or she may also get a rash due to a yeast infection (also known as a yeast rash), which is a red rash caused by a yeast infection.
Tongue fungus in infants, mothers have to do?
Because fungal tongue disease in infants is easily transmitted, it is best if both you and the baby are treated. For infants, the pediatrician may prescribe an antifungal medication, which is applied topically to the inside of the mouth and tongue several times a day for 10 days. Be sure to apply carefully to all the white spots in the baby’s mouth if it is a remedy that your doctor has given you. In a more difficult case to treat, an oral medication may be prescribed.
Children with thrush or thrush may also have a yeast rash that can be treated with a different prescription antifungal medication that’s specific to the area.
If you have nipples, your doctor may recommend prescription antifungal creams to your breasts. And always remember, all medications applied to you and your baby need to be directed by a specialist.
How to prevent tongue fungus in newborn babies?
There is nothing you can do to prevent a baby from having yeast when your baby is born normally (unless you have a caesarean section). But you can avoid future infections by regularly cleaning and disinfecting your nipples, and related items.
Allow your breasts to be completely dry between feedings to prevent the growth of yeast and other bacteria, change nursing pads after feeding, wear a non-moisturizing cotton bra and wash Bra often in hot water (drying in the sun can also provide extra protection for you). Because antibiotics can trigger a yeast infection, they should be used only when needed and that suits you and your baby.
Should tongue fungus in newborns stop breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding doesn’t need to be interrupted if one or both of you are diagnosed with thrush, but this can make breastfeeding more uncomfortable than usual – another reason you need to Must treat promptly. One more thing you need to pay attention to is that your nipples are exposed to sunlight for a few minutes every day, because yeasts are very hydrophobic in the sun. Probiotics can help speed up recovery and keep probiotics active, and they’re safe when you’re breastfeeding.
Even if fungal tongue is in an infant while breastfeeding, continue breastfeeding. Once treatment begins and symptoms begin to subside, the newborn will return to normal eating and drinking.