Natural Remedies for Thrush

Submitted by Courtney on Sun, 01/31/2010 - 15:47

What… what is that white stuff? Cottage cheese? I don’t remember giving you that for lunch…

Thrush is perhaps one of the most alarming ailments that a child can get because, well, your child’s mouth seems to have been invaded by white foam! Before you race off to the emergency room, relax – thrush is easily cured, especially if done naturally.

What is “thrush”?

Thrush is a yeast infection that grows in one’s mouth. We all have yeast (fungus) present on our bodies at all times, but if something is to alter that fine balance of fungi and bacteria – such as antibiotics – then a yeast infection can develop.

For babies, thrush is usually passed to them through their mother’s nipples during breastfeeding, which is why the end result is ‘thrush’ in their mouths. The white “cottage cheese-like” lumps are usually present on the inside of the lips, cheeks and perhaps the tongue, and when scratched at the white top comes off easily to expose reddened, raw skin.

How can you treat thrush naturally?

There are a number of ways in which you can go about treating thrush. There are several homeopathic remedies out there that can help, such as Borax 30C and Candida 30C (alternate every 3 hours for 3 days).

Some other natural remedies include:

  • Grapefruit Seed Extract: often touted as being more effective than bleach for killing bad bacteria.
  • Virgin Coconut Oil: purchase the pure and raw varieties. This is perhaps the most effective and safe for mom and baby alike. Apply to your child’s mouth and to your own nipples to prevent the continual passing of “thrush”.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: It may be hard for your baby to take, and you may end up with some tears, but a few drops of apple cider vinegar around your nipples or in your child’s mouth will keep that thrush at bay.

NOTE: With natural remedies, always read warning labels and check with your natural health practitioner to see if it is safe for your child. Some natural remedies such as tea tree oil and oil of oregano may not be appropriate for your child, but are appropriate for adult use.

Prevention is Key

Above all else, to prevent thrush, you should do the following:

  • Stick to whole, balanced diet and reduce acidic and sugar-filled foods
  • Get a good night’s sleep and rest when necessary
  • Clean your child’s toys, bottles, and anything else that goes into his or her mouth often and thoroughly
  • Try using natural and homeopathic soaps rather than grocery store brands (they may be too alkaline, thus increasing your risk for a yeast infection)
  • Wear loose clothing
  • Avoid any scented products on your genitals, such as soaps, sprays, and douches

photo by T. Atlin

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