What is it?
Babies are very susceptible to the fungal infection thrush, caused by the fungus Candida albicans. You will notice white patches in the mouth and tongue, and your baby may struggle to feed. It can also spread to the nappy area.

What to do

Thrush won’t readily go away on its own and often gets worse and spreads, so rather get to the doctor. You should also be checked, including your nipples if you are breast-feeding, otherwise you will just keep reinfecting each other. An anti-fungal medication will kill it off. Prevent a recurrence of thrush by keeping the nappy area (and your nipples) as dry as possible. If you are bottle-feeding, replace worn teats and always make sure you clean and sterilise them well.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

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