Why do babies get thrush?
Infants do not have a well-developed immune system and are more susceptible to developing thrush. During times of illness they may be more susceptible to develop thrush or after exposure to antibiotics directly or indirectly through breast milk. Antibiotics kill off the “good” bacteria, leading to overgrowth of Candida.
Why am I so passionate about curing thrush and continued treatment for babies that have had thrush?
My Story: While in labor with my second daughter, Sophia, I was given intravenous antibiotics because I had tested positive for Beta Strep — a potentially dangerous virus that can make newborns sick. After bringing Sophia home from the hospital, I noticed within a few days that she was developing small white patches in her mouth. I took her into the pediatrician and she prescribed Nystatin to treat the thrush. I felt so uneasy about giving my newborn baby this medication, but went against all my mommy instincts and went ahead and used it anyway. I used the Nystatin for 9 weeks on and off without having any real results. She still always had a small white patch here or there and after we would finish a round of it, the thrush would come right back with a vengeance.
There is a substantial amount of research available that shows that Nystatin is not effective in curing thrush. Candida is becoming more and more resistant to the drug from overexposure. So, after 9 weeks, I started to research natural cures for thrush. The most popular one out there is Gentian Violet. I personally was not comfortable using Gentian Violet for the following reasons: there is substantial evidence that it is linked to oral cancer, it was not locally available, I didn’t feel comfortable ordering a supplement from the internet that I was going to use in my newborn’s mouth, and it’s very messy and stains everything. Eventually, I came across an alternative and gave it a go. It consisted of using Grapefruit Seed Extract, Probiotics and White Vinegar. This was the cure for us and it worked immediately!
Back to why I believe treating thrush immediately and effectively is so important. During the 9 weeks of her thrush not being under control, her body was continuing to grow yeast and affect her gut health and overall immune system. After Sophia’s thrush went away, everything seemed normal. However, she never really had healthy looking poop. I discussed this with my doctor and she would always dismiss my concerns over it.
When Sophia was about 9 months old, I had to have two root canals done. I took 3 rounds of antibiotics while nursing her. So, once again she was exposed to the antibiotics in my system. At 10 months, due to all of the stress from my dental issues and her having supplemented with formula for a couple weeks, she weaned herself. I continued to pump, but over time we made the switch to formula. At this point, Sophia’s poop was always green. Again, I told her doctor that I suspected a milk allergy, she said no. I kept going with the formula. By 15 months, Sophia started to develop eczema. I am convinced that the eczema is directly connected with the unhealthy gut that she was born with due to my antibiotics in labor.
If I had known then what I know now, I would have kept her on the probiotics indefinitely to help support her immune system and heal her gut. The thrush was an early warning sign that her gut was unhealthy, but at the time I didn’t know that. If your baby has thrush, their gut is sick and even though the signs of thrush in the mouth go away, I highly recommend continuing with a probiotic daily and, when your baby is old enough, introducing fish oil and bone broth to promote gut healing and a healthy immune system. What you can do to treat thrush naturally: If you or your baby has thrush, you should get immediate relief after 12-24 hours using the following supplements…