Thrush is a
yeast infection that can develop in the mouth and throat and on the tongue.
Thrush is most common in newborns, infants, and older adults, but it can occur
at any age. In healthy newborns and infants, thrush is usually not a serious
problem and is easily treated and cured.
If your child has mild
thrush, you may only need to clean bottle nipples and
pacifiers regularly and massage the inside of your child's mouth with a clean
moist cloth. If you are breast-feeding, you should clean your nipples with an
antifungal medicine, such as nystatin (Mycostatin). You should also dry your
nipples after breast-feeding. Apply lanolin lotion, which may help relieve
If you develop thrush and have false teeth
(dentures), it is important to clean your mouth and dentures every night.
- Remove your dentures before going to
- Scrub them well with a clean toothbrush and
- Soak them overnight in chlorhexidine gluconate, which you
can get from a pharmacist. Or you can use a denture cleaner (such as Polident
or Efferdent) that is sold in most drug or grocery stores.
the dentures well in the morning. If you used chlorhexidine gluconate to soak
your dentures, don't use fluoride toothpaste for at least 30 minutes after
putting your dentures back in your mouth. (Fluoride can weaken the effect of
Gentian violet (1%), which is a dye that kills
bacteria and fungi, sometimes works as treatment for thrush. It is available
without a prescription. Gentian violet should only be used on adults. Talk to
your doctor before using it to treat a child with thrush. If gentian violet
does not work, talk to your doctor about other treatments to try.
Measures can be taken to reduce
the discomfort of thrush:
- Drink cold liquids, such as water or iced
tea, or eat flavored ice treats or frozen juices.
- Eat foods that
are easy to swallow such as gelatin, ice cream, or custard.
- If the
patches are painful, try drinking from a straw.
- Rinse your mouth
several times a day with a warm saltwater rinse. You can make the saltwater
mixture with 1 tsp (5 g) of salt in 8 fl oz (0.2 L) of warm water.
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