Parents of a newborn naturally invest much of their energy in the well being of their infant. If the child begins to show symptoms of ill-health this can disturb and even alarm them. A common ailment that is often contracted by a newborn is Infant Yeast Infection, which is also known as thrush.
Fortunately, this is not usually a serious illness and treatment is readily available. Thrush is often an oral yeast infection and can also be found in the diaper area.
The fungus which causes infant yeast infection is normally present in the body; however it is known to prefer warm, damp places as these are ideal breeding conditions for the yeast. It is also possible that the mother was suffering from a vaginal yeast infection at the time of birth and this as transmitted to the baby as it passed through the birth canal at the time of birth.
When parents examine the mouth of their child they are able to easily detect signs of thrush. For instance there may be lesions on the surface or it could be covered with a white mucus. Removing the phlegm reveals sore, irritated, reddish tissue.
If symptoms that suggest thrush are detected, it is advisable to contact your physician or pediatrician for a consultation so that remedial action can be started as soon as possible. Keep in mind that a baby doesn’t have a fully developed immune system so the yeast infection should be treated promptly to avoid the possibility of the affliction turning into something worse, such as Candidiasis.
The physician who is consulted about the yeast infection will also inquire about the mother’s health as, if the infection was contracted from the mother, both will require treatment. A remedy which requires a prescription may be offered although, in some instances, an over the counter treatment may be suitable.
As soon as a problem is discovered, it is also necessary to act to prevent the infection from spreading. The child’s pacifiers should be sterilized and disinfected. If the child is receiving nourishment from a bottle, dispose of all the nipples and replace them with new ones.
The mother’s nipples may also require some topical cream if the baby is being breast fed. Also urge other members of the family to wash their hands several times a day with soap that is anti-bacterial. Instead of using dry towels to wipe hands, obtain paper towels that can be immediately disposed of. These precautions should remain in place for at least two weeks.
Parents should also be alert to infections that resemble diaper rash. If that rash has been treated, as with a cream, and improvement hasn’t been seen after about 48 hours, consider the precautions described above for a yeast infection and arrange to see your baby’s physician.
Be sure that the baby’s bottom has air-dried before the diaper is replaced and this will reduce the chances of developing infant yeast infection in the area it covers. It also helps if the diaper is not left on too long when it is soiled. Replacing it promptly not only makes life more comfortable for the little one, but reduces the chances of infection developing. This is especially the case for breast fed babies and those currently receiving antibiotics, as they tend to be more likely to suffer infant yeast infection.
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