Treating thrush

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

@mrsjroo:  Nystatin is the only way to really get rid of it, in my experience. You need to disinfect after every use. It’s such a pain, but it’ll eventually go away.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mrsjroo:  Luckily DS only had a mild case, so the doctor advised not to get a prescription. The good news is that babies stop getting thrush after 3 months of age. If you are still super uncomfortable, I’d call your doctor to discuss.

Post # 5
cherrypieBee
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

I would disinfect everything, but yeast does occur naturally in the environment and your tissue is probably just super susceptible due to the concentration in baby’s mouth from the thrush. You may get symptom relief on your nipples from a dilute apple cider vinegar + cool water compress (or hydrogen peroxide/water) or putting cool plain yogurt on there for a few hours and wiping off (before nystatin treatments). I might be talking out my arse here, but I supplement with those natural remedies for symptom relief when treating a vaginal yeast infection with azole creams.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Nystatin only has a 35% success rate so if it doesn’t work within a week or so you probably need to go back to your Doctor for a different prescription.

You will also need to sterlise everything and anything that comes in contact with your LO’s mouth (toys, bottles, paci’s etc) and wash your bras etc in a hot wash with vinegar so that you don’t keep reinfecting yourselves.  I can also recommend keeping your nipples as dry as possible (stay away from too much lanolin or breastpads) and getting your boobs out in the sun will also help.

Good luck for getting rid of the thrush, my LO and I had it for two months and it sucks!

ETA Probiotics can also help

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@mrsjroo:  I got this, from this website: http://www.lucieslist.com/your-life/#starting … she seems to have a lot of helpful stuff on there. Even though I’m not even prego yet lol hope it helps!

How to Treat

You can run down to your OB’s office, but honestly, most women try to treat it at home first. You can use regular anti-yeast cream from the drugstore, such as Monistat or Lotrimin AF. Apply this to your nipple before your longest stretch of sleep (which is hopefully at night) and BE SURE TO WIPE IT OFF BEFORE NURSING. Do this for several days and if it doesn’t clear up, see your doc.

When the infection is ductal, causing shooting or stabbing pains within the breast, things get a little more complicated. Your doctor will probably prescribe Difulcan and may even suggest a low-yeast diet. Some ductal infections can be really, really gnarly and hard to beat.

Nursing can (and should) be continued through treatment.

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@mrsjroo:  You must also treat the baby’s mouth or it’s just going to keep reintroducing the fungus to your nipples.  Also do not use hydrocortisone for the itch or redness as it can make the yeast infection worse.

 

Post # 10
cherrypieBee
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

Yep, and yeast LOVES sugar, carbs, and alcohol, so, uh, keep those off your nipples (or limit them in your diet, it’s probably less of an issue for external yeast vs internal, but could be good for milk production). Avoid treating your tissue irritation with baking soda or anything else alkaline, as an alkaline environment promotes yeast growth.

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