If you notice white patches in your baby’smouth, she may have something called thrush. Thrush is a yeast infection that’s extremelycommon in babies. It looks icky, but the good news is it’s not hard to treat. Here are waysto know your baby may have thrush. There are white patches on her tongue, lips, gums, roofof her mouth, or inner cheeks. It’s sometimes confused remaining breast milk or formulaleft on the tongue. But milk should easily wipe off, and thrush won’t. The yeast mayalso spread to her diaper area where it will appear as a shiny, red rash. Another signis that she’s fussy while breastfeeding. She may pull away because her mouth is sore. Ifyour baby has thrush, your will probably
prescribe an antifungal solution and it shouldclear up in a few days. Make sure you use the treatment for as long as it’s prescribed.By the way, if you have red, itchy or burning nipples, or you feel a shooting pain in yourbreast after nursing, you probably have the infection, too. You may need to take Ibuprofenfor pain and apply an antifungal cream to your nipples. You may also need to pump fora few days until you heal. Treating both mom and baby is important, so you don’t pass theinfection back and forth to one another.