Baby and I have thrush. She is taking nystatin by mouth, and I was prescribed a nystatin cream. Do I need to wash the cream off before nursing her?<br><br>
Also, she has yeast on her inner thigh area... can I use the cream on that?
Yes and yes!!<br>
When I had thrush with ds, I was told to put Nystatin on my nipples and to let him feed afterwards. He was no prescribed anything. And Nystatin is often prescribed for yeasty diaper rashes, so no problem there.
I don't wash it off before nursing...I put it on after we nurse and most of it rubs off onto my breast pads so I just nurse him...my pharmacist said I didn't have too...if you are putting it in his mouth via liquid I just don't see the difference...<br><br>
However, if you want to get rid of it faster change the way you give the dosage...instead of 1ml in each cheek 4x/day, give 1/2 ml in each cheek after each feeding (from kellymom or newman's site) then I usually dip a qtip in the medicine and swab his mouth...it is a great way to make sure the tongue gets coated.<br><br>
Also note that nystatin is a topical solution it does not need to be swallowed...swallowing it doesn't make it work...it just needs to caot the infected area<br><br>
I had thrush for what seemed like a lifetime when my DS was first born...and just got it again b/c I had a frozen BM that was contaminated and didn't know it...two days of doing the nystatin as described above and you can't even see it...of course I will keep up for 2 weeks...<br><br>
Also I rinse my nips with vinegar and water after every feeding!
Thrush is nasty business. Here are some things I learned from my long battle with thrush:<br><br>
1. Use paper towels to dry your breasts after every shower instead of your towel.<br><br>
2. Add a cup or so of white vinegar in the wash for your clothes to make sure you kill the yeast (bleach does not kill yeast, vinegar and sunshine does, so even line drying works well).<br><br>
3. Gentian violet. If the nystatin does not seem to be doing the trick (it didn't work for me, I had a very nasty case), check your pharmacies for an over the counter product called gentian violet. It is sort of a last resort thing since it is incredibly messy (it is actually also used as an ink, to give you an idea of its staining capabilities). You apply it to your nipples with a q-tip after every nursing session and if the thrush is really bad in babe's mouth, you can use a q-tip to paint it on his cheeks, etc.<br><br>
4. Go topless as much as is possible! Yeast loves warmth and humidity.<br><br>
I hope this helps and good luck!
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm sitting here typing this in my "nipple shirt." It is a bit surprising to look down and see purple nipples!<br><br>
I just cut slits in a (men's) ribbed tank tops and was going to sew them so they wouldn't fray, but they haven't frayed and the holes haven't enlarged.
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<div style="font-style:italic;">3. Gentian violet. If the nystatin does not seem to be doing the trick (it didn't work for me, I had a very nasty case), check your pharmacies for an over the counter product called gentian violet. It is sort of a last resort thing since it is incredibly messy (it is actually also used as an ink, to give you an idea of its staining capabilities). You apply it to your nipples with a q-tip after every nursing session and if the thrush is really bad in babe's mouth, you can use a q-tip to paint it on his cheeks, etc.</div>
GV should only be used TWICE A DAY, not after every feeding (see <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/newman/06gentian_violet.html" target="_blank">Use of Gentian violet</a> and <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/newman/c-candida_protocol.html" target="_blank">Candida Protocol</a>)<br><br>
Personally, GV did nothing for my yeast. <a href="http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/bf/thrush.asp" target="_blank">Grapefruitseed extract</a> is another good OTC remedy.