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Yesterday I noticed the characteristic white patches on the insides of my son's cheeks, and am pretty sure he has thrush. I don't have any pain in my breasts yet, and am petrified of catching it. I know he needs to get checked out by his ped, but I can't get in until Monday, and his next WB visit is actually Tuesday.<br><br>
I am not sure what to do until then. We passed it back and forth for 6 weeks when he was born, and it was excruciating. I am so scared. Should I just start using Gentian Violet on him? I can't for the life of me figure out how he got it.
 

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I would go ahead and use the GV, if I were you. We had Thrush From Hell for two months and it was awful. I feel your pain. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Also try to give him some probiotics (break open a capsule and let him suck it off, or mix some with his food). Avoid sugar and bread products as much as possible.<br><br>
He could've gotten it from any number of things -- a pacifier, bottle, or you could have gotten it from clothing from when you had it before, and passed it back to him unknowingly.<br><br>
Wash and dry everything that's come in contact with your breasts (towels, bras, etc.) and his mouth on high heat to kill thrush. Boil any bottle stuff or pumping bits, but toss any old pacifiers, as boiling usually doesn't kill the thrush up inside them.<br><br>
So sorry you're dealing with this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would go ahead and use the GV, if I were you. We had Thrush From Hell for two months and it was awful. I feel your pain. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Also try to give him some probiotics (break open a capsule and let him suck it off, or mix some with his food). Avoid sugar and bread products as much as possible.<br><br>
He could've gotten it from any number of things -- a pacifier, bottle, or <b>you could have gotten it from clothing from when you had it before, and passed it back to him unknowingly.<br></b><br>
Wash and dry everything that's come in contact with your breasts (towels, bras, etc.) and his mouth on high heat to kill thrush. Boil any bottle stuff or pumping bits, but toss any old pacifiers, as boiling usually doesn't kill the thrush up inside them.<br><br>
So sorry you're dealing with this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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Can this stuff live for six months? That is how long it has been since we had it last. I am sooooooooooo ticked off... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Last time I ended up doing more laundry than I thought humanely possible, I took a two week course of diflucan, we used gentian violet twice, and were generally miserable for over a month. I am so not looking forward to this.<br><br>
Off to buy GV. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Oh, can giving him yogurt help too? I have some really good infant probiotics in my fridge, and I will start giving him that, and taking some myself, but what about adding yogurt? He loves the stuff, so getting it into him isn't a problem at all.
 

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Yogurt will help, good for both of you. If you do end up with pain I've found the vinegar wipes after nursing to be the most helpful. Thrush is less common after 6 months and his body will be better at fighting it now. In some, rare cases, it can be indicative of immune issues like diabetes. I don't want to freak you out but if you have something like that in your family thrush can be an early warning sign. Otherwise, probably not a big deal unless he continues to have it over and over as time goes on.
 
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