Oral Thrush Yeast Infection in Babies
Thrush is an infection of the mouth caused by the candida fungus, also known as yeast. Candida infection is not limited to the mouth; it can occur in other parts of the body as well, causing diaper rash in infants or vaginal yeast infections in women. Thrush can affect anyone, though it occurs most often in babies and toddlers, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.
Symptoms of oral thrush can include:
white patches (plaques) in the mouth that can often be wiped off, leaving behind red areas that may bleed slightly. loss of taste or an unpleasant taste in the mouth . redness inside the mouth and throat
cracks at the corners of the mouth. a painful, burning sensation in the mouth . In some cases, the symptoms of oral thrush can make eating and drinking difficult.
Low numbers of the fungus Candida are naturally found in the mouth and digestive system of most people. They don’t usually cause any problems, but can lead to oral thrush if they multiply.
There are a number of reasons why this may happen, including:
taking a course of antibiotics, particularly over a long period or at a high dose
How Can Thrush Be Prevented?
Follow good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
Don’t overuse mouthwashes or sprays. Use an antibacterial mouthwash once or twice a day to help keep your teeth and gums healthy. More than that may mess with the normal balance of microorganisms in your mouth. See your dentist regularly. Especially if you have diabetes or wear dentures. Limit the amount of sugar and yeast-containing foods you eat. Foods such as bread, beer, and wine encourage candida growth.