We have thrush -- bummer! - Page 2
so is it possible for thrush to go away on its own? I noticed a few days ago that Oliver had some tiny white spots on his cheeks that wouldn't go away, and this morning I saw a slightly bigger spot on his lower lip. so far it doesn't seem to bother him; he's nursing well and doesn't have any sign of a diaper rash. my nipples are also fine, no discomfort or white spots there. I've been using washable nursing pads all day (though not at night), so I think I'll forgo those for a while and see if it makes a difference. I'm just wondering whether I should call his doctor now or give it another few days - I don't want to put off treatment if it would be easier to eliminate early on, but I don't want to treat if it'll clear up in time. know what I mean? :)
if it makes a difference, he's EBF, but we've been offering him a pacifier (which I boiled before using) now and then (he generally doesn't want it, though). I had prophylactic IV antibiotics during my C-section nearly eight weeks ago, but no meds since then.
I think you're right, CynthiaMoon. Oliver's doctor prescribed Nystatin today, so we'll start that this evening. He told me to use it for just a few days after the rash disappears, though; did your doctor recommend the two weeks because you guys were dealing with a more difficult infection? I remember you saying it was awful.
and since I haven't dealt with this before - could it be what's causing a bit of soreness in my lower breast? my nipples look and feel fine, but I have some minor pain at the bottom of both breasts. I really just started to feel it today.
RF- I do think thrush can go away on its own. It's an imbalance of yeast, but maybe your body rebalanced its self, as did Oliver's.
I'm kind of in thrush limbo. It came back after we used Nystatin - at doctor's recommendation we only used Nystatin for 1 week. LC told me later that you need to use it for 2 weeks AFTER symptoms disappear. So, oops. Also, the doctor told me to just squirt it in her mouth. LC said I need to swab it in her cheeks where the sores are, then have her drink a little, because the thrush is also in her intestines/stomach. :( LC said there's some doubt that Nystatin is that great as more yeast becomes resistant to it.
LC noted that I can use gentian violet and expect the thrush to clear up after 3 days of treatment with no other remedies needed. However, I don't want to take gentian violet route because it is messy and it is not really an organic product (coal tar related?).
So, I am taking another tack. I got good probiotics recommended by my midwife, taking them once a day. I will try the trick of rubbing some of the probiotic powder into the thrush spots. also using grapefruit seed extract