What is Oral Thrush?
Oral thrush is a common yeast infection observed in babies and young children. It forms a layer of white patches on the inner cheeks and tongue. However, the condition is usually resolved with treatment.
What Causes Oral Thrush?
Oral thrush is caused by the Candida albicans yeast fungus. This fungus occurs naturally in the mouth, and typically does not cause any issues. However, an over-multiplication of the fungus can cause an infection to occur with weakened immunity. Babies are at a higher risk of getting infected with oral thrush as their immune systems have yet to fully develop.
How do I Care for a Child with Oral Thrush?
- Sterilise pacifiers, bottles, teats and other feeding equipment regularly
- Clean and disinfect toys that your child frequently places in his mouth
- Practice good oral hygiene by cleaning your child’s mouth
- Practice good hand hygiene to reduce the spread of infection