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Thrush is a yeast infection that causes white patches in the mouth and on the tongue. Thrush is most common in babies and older adults, but it can occur at any age. Thrush in babies is usually not serious.


Signs of Thrush

Thrush may appear as a rash on the mouth or on the skin. The child will have a whitish-grey coating on the insides of the cheeks and on the gums. The coating is not easy to wipe off and if you rub too hard, the mouth may start to bleed. In bad cases, the mouth may be so sore that it hurts to suck. Most children with thrush do not have any pain and do not develop other problems.

Signs of Candida Diaper Rash

Candida diaper rash is usually found in the deepest folds of the bum. The rash is very red with an edge or border around it. There are often small red spots close to the large areas. Candida infections can be cured with medicines prescribed by a doctor. Candida diaper rash is treated with a cream or ointment that is spread on the rash.


Keep all prepared bottles and nipples in refrigerator to decrease likelihood of yeast growth. Do not reuse a bottle more than an hour after the baby has drunk from it because yeast may have had time to grow on the nipple.

Change your baby’s diaper soon after it is wet. A wet diaper provides a good area for yeast to grow.


Depending on the infection, your doctor will probably suggest the following steps for your home.


  • While breastfeeding your baby, use a cream prescribed by the doctor for your nipples. Continue nursing the baby.
  • Keep prepared bottles and nipples in the fridge.
  • Do not reuse prepared bottles more than 1 hour after the baby has first drunk from them. Rinse bottle nipples in cool water to remove milk. Then wash in hot, soapy water, rinse and air dry. Once a day, boil bottle nipples and pacifiers for five minutes or wash them in the hot cycle of a dishwasher. Please note: Frequent boiling or dishwasher cleaning may cause bottle nipples and pacifiers to break down. Throw away nipples and pacifiers that become cracked, damaged or “sticky”.
  • Wash your hands often while caring for a baby with thrush.

Candida Diaper Rash

  • Change the child’s diaper soon after it is wet. Wash the child’s diaper area with mild soap and warm water, rinse with clean water, and dry. Spread the cream or ointment prescribed by the doctor on the rash.
  • Wash your child’s hands and your own hands after diaper changes.