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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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