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Could thrush mean something else is going on?

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  • Posted By: lillie46
  • August 11, 2008
  • 06:39 AM

Well, long and frustrating story, but here's the basics. I have a three month old. At three weeks old, he began to show the signs of thrush. Only, we didn't know that it was thrush. The doctor and nurse didn't notice. A couple of weeks later when I voiced concern over the way he was refusing to nurse, she suggested I wasn't drinking enough water, and not producing enough milk.

On July 3rd, when he was 7 weeks old, we noticed his tongue was VERY thick and white, even cracked. It finally dawned on me that it was not milk (and he wasn't being colicky as we had suspected), but that it was thrush. We took him to immediate care, and sure enough, a bad case of thrush. From July3rd-July25th, he was on Nystatin, 4 times a day. It never cleared up.

Well, we had unfortunately been switched to a different pediatrician who seemed completely unconcerned. My husband finally convinced him that it was time to switch meds. So, since July 25th he has been on Fluconazole. I stopped breastfeeding as well, to help. I have gotten the advice that a three month old should in no way still have thrush that he has had for two months. His pediatrician continues to seem unconcerned and tell us to wait. Meanwhile we have a cranky baby that doesn't want to eat or sleep. We are going to take him to a different doctor to get a second opinion, and to make sure that the thrush in not merely a symptom of some underlying condition.

Has anyone experienced such prolonged thrush before? If so, what meds finally got rid of it? How long SHOULD thrush last? Has anyone actually experienced thrush being a symptom of something more serious? We are so frustrated at this point and just want to know what is going on.

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  • Is he taking any other medications?
    imgamehere 15 Replies
    • October 20, 2008
    • 06:40 AM
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  • Certain medications, including those for asthma, can cause thrush. If it is reoccurring, this may be the cause.
    imgamehere 15 Replies
    • November 22, 2008
    • 00:39 AM
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  • My son had thrush but not for that long. The reason your son has thrush for so long is probably because he wasn't treated for the first two months. When he was found thrush, once after taking antibiotics, second time after contaminated AD vitamin product, I used to apply Miconazole to his inner mouth and tongue as well as wash my nipples with baking soda diluted in water. It worked well. No wonder your poor baby is cranky, candida burns them when they eat and drink milk :(
    Helene99 23 Replies
    • January 21, 2009
    • 02:23 PM
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  • Since you are breastfeeding I would suggest that you have candida overload that is causing your child's thrush problem. Do you have a history of UTI's or yeast infections? Do you also have a coated tongue, in the back of the tongue especially? Any history of sinus infections or allergies? Any bowel troubles? Please research a product called Threelac and fivelac. This is what I used when I had thrush during my pregnancy. Cleared it up within a week. A small amount of this product can be used directly on your son's tongue. Works wonders! Western antifungal meds don't work IMO. Please also get a good quality probiotic and start taking this daily. You need to get YOUR body back in balance so you can start breastfeeding again. Of course, if you have stopped breastfeeding for good, then you need to get a children's PROBIOTIC liquid to give to your son. Add a small amount to his formula. A probiotic will help rebuild the intestinal flora. This is crucial for dealing with candida/thrush, otherwise thrush will keep coming back. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 21, 2009
    • 03:24 PM
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  • There is an amazing woman - Bee Wilder who has been researching thrush for years. I really do believe that her conclusions are true. (promise, I am not paid to promote her :)She believes that candida is systemic and that the mother is certainly the start of it. Most of the treatments can be quite toxic. She believes that one must follow a strict diet to boost the immune system so the immune system can fight the thrush. (which grows through the intestines and produces allergy symptoms and auto-immune disorders)I have followed her diet before -for about4 months. It was the absolute healthiest diet I have ever been on. I did it in the middle of winter and I have school age kids - all allergy symptoms I have completely cleared up, I did not get any colds/flues for the entire time and I lost 25 pounds without even thinking about it. I'd like to start again. but, as you will see, it is a bit challenging.
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