Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Racoon | 2011-08-08


recurrent oral thrush in 11 month old son

Dear Prof

My son has been suffering from oral thrush on and off since birth, basically ever week or two. It barely recovers before the next bout occurs. This started when I needed antibiotics shortly after his birth and I also had thrush of the nipples and milk ducts almost permanently until I stopped breastfeeding about 3 weeks ago. I sterilise his bottles 90 percent of the time, but when I only wash it thoroughly he gets thrush again. How can get I get rid of his thrush permanently? And until what age should I continue sterilising his bottles and dummies? I am treating him with Daktarin oral as this works better than Nystacid. What else can I do? Many thanks as always for your time and expertise and patience..

Expert's Reply



The question that needs an answer is why is your baby son having repeated episodes of thrush like this?Part of the explanation is the antibiotic treatment you had early on in his life while your were breastfeeding and the other part is your recurrent thrush of your nipples.Now he is off the breast and still gets thrush far too readily.It is important to test his immunity to make sure that all is well with his immune system before going on to treat his thrush. He would certainly benefit from being on a probiotic such a Reuterina and then he can be treated with the Daktarin again.Daktarin is usually very effective at clearing oral thrush.The starting point must be to check his immunity.

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