Natural remedies for thrush – Grape and Grapefruit Seed extracts combined with Acidophilus
Oral Thrush is caused by infection due to Candida Albicans yeast. This Candida fungus is normally already present in the oral cavity and the digestive tract.
Your baby may be naturally protected even before her first feeding
Nature does have a system for getting acidophilus to your baby, even before her first feeding. About halfway through pregnancy, the mother undergoes a hormonal change causing the lining of her vaginal wall to build up a lot of glycogen, which encourages the growth of lactobacilli, including Lactobacillus acidophilus. According to the website U.S. Pharmacist, the baby gets bathed with these beneficial acidophilus bacteria during a normal birth. They enter the mouth to begin populating the digestive tract. In addition to providing the first probiotics, the changes in the chemistry of the vaginal wall by the action of the lactobacilli make it more resistant to harmful bacteria. These good bacteria form colonies in the baby’s intestines and thrive on breast milk.
The other probiotic that is needed right away is bifidobacteria. This bacteria appears on the mother’s nipples at about the eighth month of pregnancy. Besides populating the baby’s intestines, bifidobacteria repel other bacteria that could be harmful. Bifidobacteria are the predominant bacteria in the intestines of breast-fed infants.
Despite all of the above described natural protection, oral thrush is a common condition among newborn babies, and even toddlers. In older children, especially if they haven’t recently been on antibiotics or steroids, thrush can be a sign of uncontrolled diabetes mellitus or an immune system disorder.
I gained some knowledge and experience with herbal remedies for babies suffering from thrush while I was looking for a safe and natural alternative to Nystatin for my daughter. She was about 18 months old when she started showing signs of oral thrush, and I wanted to avoid it spreading further down the nappy area.
I’ve read a lot about gentian violet and that it was used as folk medicine in the past for this problem, then I also read some research studies linking gentian violet to some types of cancer and possible ulceration of the mouth, so I decided not to try it.
Natural remedies that helped us
I went to a local health store instead, and they recommended Virafungal Fighter that contains Grape and Grapefruit seed extracts and was mild enough to use it on the sensitive skin of my baby. It took about 4-5 days to see results, and in 7-8 days it cleared completely. I also rubbed some Acidophillus on her mouth a few times a day and I also started a very intensive anti-yeast diet myself. I started to eat raw garlic every day for about two weeks, took anti-yeast capsules, Acidophilus and I also applied some of the Virafungal Fighter to my nipples. In addition, including more vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, iron and zinc rich foods in the diet is helpful to facilitate the healing process. I’ve eaten some unsweetened yogurt every day, and added some Acidophilus / FOS to it. We both were clear in two weeks after I first noticed the signs of the thrush.