Pediatric Thrush (Oral Candida Infection)

Pediatric Thrush (Oral Candida Infection)

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Summary

Thrush is fungal infection in the mouth that causes the tongue to turn white. This is more common in babies and young children.

Expanded overview

Thrush is caused by Candida (fungus), found naturally in the mouth and on the skin. Thrush is not a serious problem and can be treated easily. 

Causes

  • Antibiotics
  • Inhaled corticosteroids
  • Pacifier use
  • Weakened immune system

Test and Diagnosis

  • Review medial history
  • Physical exam (including mouth)

Prevention

  • Boil nipples and pacifiers and wash cups with soap and warm water
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after caring for your child.

Treatment

Treatment depends on the age of the child, symptoms and medial history.  Your child's physician will discuss treatment options with you.

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