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What causes and how is thrush treated? Symptoms? Could pacifier cause this? 

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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yeast

Thrush is a yeast infection in the mouth, generally in young babies in the first few months.
There's white plaques on the inside of the lips, on the tongue, the sides of the mouth, and the roof. The difference between this and milk residue is the thrush doesn't brush or rinse off. It's treated with oral nystatin, an antifungal solution painted on. The pacifier can pass the yeast around.

In brief: Yeast

Thrush is a yeast infection in the mouth, generally in young babies in the first few months.
There's white plaques on the inside of the lips, on the tongue, the sides of the mouth, and the roof. The difference between this and milk residue is the thrush doesn't brush or rinse off. It's treated with oral nystatin, an antifungal solution painted on. The pacifier can pass the yeast around.
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. Mike Bowman
pacifier can possibly pass the yeast around, but won't' likely cause in the infection outright. In addition to the medicines, have the patient eat live culture yogurt daily for at least 2 weeks or so.
Dr. Michael Amster
Bacterial infection by a dropped pacifier is unlikely. However anything that contacts the yeast in the mouth is "recontaminated" and should be sterilized each night.
Nicole Bressler
Emergency Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yeast Infection

Thrush is caused by a yeast called candidas & can be treated with an antifungal prescribed by a doctor. If bottle fed, there's fungus on the nipples so boil nipples and pacifiers daily.
If breast fed, you need to treat the mom too. Normally, the bacteria that live in our mouths stops the yeast from growing, but in babies it's not well established enough to stop the yeast yet.

In brief: Yeast Infection

Thrush is caused by a yeast called candidas & can be treated with an antifungal prescribed by a doctor. If bottle fed, there's fungus on the nipples so boil nipples and pacifiers daily.
If breast fed, you need to treat the mom too. Normally, the bacteria that live in our mouths stops the yeast from growing, but in babies it's not well established enough to stop the yeast yet.
Nicole Bressler
Nicole Bressler
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