Oral thrush is a yeast infection that infects the inner parts of the mouth like cheeks, tongue, lips, and the roof of the mouth.
It is fairly common and can be treated easily.
Oral thrush can be also be mistaken for milk residue because of it’s similarity.
Thrush happens because your baby’s immune system is not mature enough to fight off bacteria and infections.
It is important to note that thrush can spread between mother and child.
The infection can occur between your nipple and your baby’s mouth.
So when treating for thrush, do ensure both you and your baby are free of the infection.
Here are 5 symptoms to distinguished oral thrush from milk residue.
1. White Patches On Mouth Roof, Cheeks, Lips, and Tonsils.
Milk residue only occurs on the tongue area.
A newborn baby does not produce enough saliva to wash away the milk in the first few months which causes milk residue.
In the other hand, oral thrush infects the whole mouth cavity.
2. Baby Is Fussy During Feeding Or Refuses To Feed.
Oral thrush can cause discomfort to your child especially to suck on milk which may make the child to refuse to feed.
Milk residue should not affect your baby’s appetite for feeding.
3. Brushing It Causes Bleeding
Milk residue can be removed by wiping the area with a damp cloth or brush it gently.
Oral thrush however is more stubborn and may cause bleeding if you forcefully try to remove it.
4. Cracked Nipple
Cracked nipple or rashes on your nipple area may cause oral thrush and also may be caused by oral thrush.
As mentioned above, the infection can spread between you and your baby.
5. Diaper Rashes
If your child has taken antibiotics for a treatment, it may cause a Candida overgrowth.
The antibiotics can kill both good and bad bacteria.
The overgrowth can be the cause of both diaper rashes and oral thrush.
So your baby may experience both at the same time.
When You Do Face With This Problem, Here’s What You Can Do!
- Consult doctor for treatment which you’ll be given a gel or cream to treat the thrush.
- Sterilize all pumping equipment, and milk bottles.
- Always change your nursing pad regularly in order to prevent accumulation of bacteria.