Baby Oral Thrush

Mandy, Midwife at The Baby Academy

What is Oral Thrush?

Oral thrush is a type of fungal infection which can occur in anyone. Oral thrush is not a serious infection and at times can not be recognised. It presents itself as white patches which are moist and milky in appearance that is seen around the mouth, or inside the child’s mouth on the cheeks and tongue.  It cannot be wiped away easily as it is under the skin. It usually does not cause irritation, but if so it can appear as raw and red patches. 


The fungus which causes thrush is known as Candida Albicans. If your child is on antibiotics or inhaled corticosteroids they are most likely to get oral thrush. It is also common in children who are immunocompromised. As well as the physical appearance of thrush, drooling is another sign your child is suffering from oral thrush. 


Fungal infections are contagious. The most common points of transfer are teething toys, teets, dummies and bottles or while breastfeeding if mum has a thrush infection of her nipple-sterilising these products helps prevent the spread of infection. Your doctor will also prescribe anti fungal cream for your nipples, if you are breastfeeding to prevent the infection. Oral medication may also be required to treat a thrush infection of the breast. Look out for redness around the nipple and sharp stabbing pains in the breast.

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