Thrush is the common name given to an infection of the oral cavity, and it is common in babies. It is seen usually on the inner sides of cheeks.
Creamy-white areas develop, and these may gradually increase in size. There seems little discomfort to the baby, and certainly the condition does not appear to be painful.
If the doctor remove these creamy white areas, the tissue underneath looks red and raw, and unless it is done very gently, it may bleed. However, there is no need to try to remove the areas of thrush.
Thrush is caused by a fungus infection called “Candida albicans“.
Fortunately, treatment has come a long way in the past few years. The best method is the use of oral drops of a chemical called Natamycin one percent.
Four drops are placed under the tongue after each feed. The product (which is commercially available under its own trade name) comes in a plastic container (with dropper) in one percent strength.
It is available on National Health Service on a doctor’s prescription. Very soon this will destroy the fungus, and the whitish areas will gradually disappear without any further effort.
In times past, gentian violet was commonly applied. This produced an unsightly appearance, and indelible stained clothing and bedding. However, it was a very effective form of therapy.
But modern medicine, fortunately (and to gladden the hearts of mothers) has come up with this alternative product.