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My babies are six-and-a-half months old, and I suffered from horrible thrush for the first six months of their lives. I tried everything, including diflucan (for me and my babies), several rounds of gentian violet, LOTS of acidophilus, garlic, echinacea, GSE, vinegar, no sugar, sun. . . EVERYTHING.<br><br>
We found a new home for our cat, and my thrush was gone in a week. I've always been allergic to cats, but not terribly (i.e. never had breathing trouble). We got our kitty a few years ago, and my allergies to her gradually went away, although I was still allergic to other cats. With our cat, the only thing would be that I would get hives if she would scratch or lick me.<br><br>
But this summer my allergies started to get worse. My eyes would itch, and I would get hives just from petting the kitty. So, sadly, we found her a new home.<br><br>
Then, no more thrush!<br><br>
The only explanation I can think of is that her presence was compromising my immune system, so I could fight the thrush off.<br><br>
Breastfeeding feels SO GOOD now! I'm so glad I didn't quit!<br><br>
Thank you everyone for all of the encouragement along the way!<br><br>
Lex
 

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Congrats on no more thrush. So sad that you don't have kitty anymore <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> I have read that thrush is not found in babies over 6 months old. It usually clears up by then on it's own. My daughter (2) put a pacifer in her mouth of a baby who had bad thrush. She didn't catch it.
 

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Glad to hear your thrush is gone!! that is cause for celebration. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I too have battled thrush and thought I still had it until a month ago when I went to a dermatologist. It turns out that I now have nipple eczema. I thought back to when the thrush first appeared and came to the conclusion that I beat the thrush with gentian violet. But, in my attempt to make sure I had killed off all of the yeast, I kept treating myself with GSE and Newman's all purpose cream. I think this then led to the eczema. Here I had been denying myself sugar for most of the summer when there was no need to.<br><br>
Well, water under the bridge.<br><br>
Congrats to you, lexbeach, for sticking with bfing and being thrush-free!<br><br>
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Wow, Lex! You've been battling thrush for quite some time! Congrats on beating it, I'm sorry you had to give your kitty away though. I'm sure you found her a good home and its GREAT that YOU are feeling better. Keep up the good work, mama!
 

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Congratulations!<br><br>
And...holy cow. I'm allergic to cats and both my sitters have them. Is THIS why I have thrush this time and didn't with the other children?!
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I have read that thrush is not found in babies over 6 months old.</td>
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This is not true at all -- babies of any age can still get thrush (even adults can get it). We get calls from moms all the time with older babies who are fighting thrush. Just to let you know...<br><br>
But you theory makes total sense -- once the allergen was gone your immune system finally caught up! I am going to remember that.
 

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I will have to go back and check my resources. Maybe I misunderstood what I had read. Sorry if I misled anyone.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by ldsapmom</i><br><b>This is not true at all -- babies of any age can still get thrush (even adults can get it).</b></td>
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It's definitely true older babies get thrush! My daughter just got it for the first time a few months ago, she's almost 2 1/2. I had no idea what it even was! We were lucky, though, and got rid of it quickly.
 

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I think animals can also get and transmit yeast. Gross...I hate yeast!! I am so happy for you. Been there and never want to go back.<br>
Also, I have confidence if you feel you've kicked it-you have. Hooray!!!
 

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Has anyone else had their doctor tell them to put activated charcoal on their nipples before breastfeeding?
 
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