Thrush is a fungal infection called candidiasis. It is most commonly seen in infants and small children, but it can infect adults as well. Thrush presents as small white patches in the mouth. The patches look like cottage cheese and can appear on the tongue as well as the roof of the mouth. Thrush is painful and can cause your child to refuse food. Treat the thrush with a common home remedy that uses baking soda.
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Things you need
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 drop dish soap
- Clean cloth
Mix the baking soda and water together until the baking soda has dissolved.
Add one drop of dish soap to the baking soda water and mix again.
Pour some of this mixture on a clean cloth and wipe inside of your baby's mouth with it. Make sure that you get the tongue as well as the roof of the mouth.
Repeat this procedure four to six times each day until the thrush has cleared up.
Tips and warnings
- If you don't have any baking soda, you can substitute vinegar. Either ingredient will alter the acid levels in the mouth to make it harder for the yeast to survive.
- If you breastfeed your infant, you will need to treat your nipples after each feeding as well. Use the baking soda solution and a cotton swab. If you don't, you could end up with a yeast infection on your nipple.
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