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Can toddler get thrush from a pacifier that hasn't been washed. If I boil pacifier will bacteria come off so he can use again?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, but....

Boiling is an excellent way to sterilize and boiling a pacifier will completely clear it of bacteria.
However, thrush is not a bacteria but a fungus. Fortunately, boiling is also effective in killing fungus as well. If the symptoms of thrush continue, see your pediatrician or family doctor for definitive treatment.

In brief: Yes, but....

Boiling is an excellent way to sterilize and boiling a pacifier will completely clear it of bacteria.
However, thrush is not a bacteria but a fungus. Fortunately, boiling is also effective in killing fungus as well. If the symptoms of thrush continue, see your pediatrician or family doctor for definitive treatment.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Margaret Miller
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Yes you can get thrush for a pacifier and you can reintroduce it if the thrush is gone in their mouth and you havent washed pacifiers, bottles, etc.
Hot, soapy water with a good scrubbing should work too.

In brief: Yes

Yes you can get thrush for a pacifier and you can reintroduce it if the thrush is gone in their mouth and you havent washed pacifiers, bottles, etc.
Hot, soapy water with a good scrubbing should work too.
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