Oral thrush is fungal infection that is a common infection in babies’ mouth. It is caused by the overgrowth of a yeast (a type of fungus) called Candida albicans. Oral Thrush in babies is usually harmless and treatable.
Symptoms of oral thrush can include one or more white spots or patches in and around the baby’s mouth.
These may look yellow or cream-colored. They can also join to make larger plaques. You may see patches on your baby’s gums, on their mouths’ roof (palate) and inside their cheeks.
Unlike bits of milk, the patches do not wash or rub off easily. The tissue underneath will be red and raw. It may also bleed a little when you rub the patches off babies’ tongues.
Mild oral thrush clear up in a few days without the need for treatment. However, if you are concerned, you can visit a pediatrician. If your child’s pediatrician feels your baby needs treatment, they will probably prescribe an antifungal medicine.