Hello + welcome to this tiny space on the internet! I created this blog (+ changed the name twice since) 13 years ago as a creative outlet from my career in the emergency room as a PA. After spending the past 7 (or so) years on social media outlets, I have decided to delete all of the ones associated with this blog and get back to the heart of blogging.
As many of you know, we recently overcame thrush and there have been many requests on how we did that so I created this post on how to get rid of thrush in babies fast! Thanks to all of you who sent me tips along the way! I used many of them to combat our infection and they worked so well! I hope that if you are battling the same, that this works for you too! I kept everything together in this “Nipple Box” and carried it around the house with me or in the car for easy access to everything I needed!
Thrush is caused by a fungus and is common in babies since their immune systems are not fully up to speed quite yet. You may see white lesions in your babies mouth, tongue, cheeks and you may be experiencing red and sore nipples as a result as well. Sometimes you can have a burning pain in your nipples, especially when you feel your milk let down.
I should preface this post by saying, if you think you have thrush, you need to see your baby’s pediatrician ASAP so that they can confirm the diagnosis.
1.) Leave your nipples open to air as much as possible.
2.) When applying the nystatin medicine, rub it on the white patches inside your baby’s mouth/tongue instead of just using the dropper. Nystatin is prescribed by your pediatrician or OB/GYN.
3.) Probiotic for Mom & baby
Mom: Renew Probiotics (I was told that these are the best!)
4.) Grapeseed Oil Extract: Place five drops into a cup of warm water and swab yourself and your baby’s mouth before each feeding. Also add to your laundry (bras, night shirts, underwear, sheets) to help kill yeast in the wash!
5.) Coconut Oil: Cover diaper area with it to prevent or treat rash (babies will frequently get a rash down below when they have thrush). Apply to nipples after feeding as well —> after you’ve cleansed the nipple area with the homemade “beat the yeast” wipes (it’s a natural antibacterial and antifungal) If you are using the nystatin cream on your nipples —> used as directed and apply 3 times day and all the other times you feed, use the coconut oil after the wipes
6.) Bamboobies pads: Make sure to change these out frequently as soon as they’re wet
7.) DIY Cleansing Wipes: I made these myself and then just wiped my nipples with them after every feeding to kill the yeast and before I put on anything else.
HOW TO MAKE:
I used paper towel and cut the pieces in half and put them into a tupper ware container
Add 1 cup water
Add 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
Add 1/4 Apple Cider Vinegar
8.) Motherlove Diaper & Thrush Balm: This amazing balm used to have this name but I think they had to change it because they couldn’t say it was specifically for thrush. Nonetheless, it works amazing and I placed this on along with coconut oil when I wasn’t applying the nystatin!
9.) Cut out sugar as much as possible – I know, cry it out girlfriend.
I applied all of the above to our routine to get rid of our thrush except for the GSE. I think you would be fine skipping that if it’s not a severe case! I did buy it just in case we need it because yeast is crazy and tends to keep coming back. I also ended up with a pretty severe nipple laceration from skin tissue breakdown during the thrush infection we both had. The best healing medicine for that is APNO cream and you can have your baby’s pediatrician or your OB GYN write a prescription for you!
I avoided Gentan Violet since it has been found to be carcinogenic when it was fed to mice in large dosages. I am also not a fan of it staining everything purple!