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Herbal Remedies For Oral Thrush

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Turmeric powderCaused by the fungus candida albicans, oral thrush is a temporary fungal infection that occurs in babies for which the use of safe herbal remedies is priority. In adults, this is called candidiasis and breast feeding is the common route by which this infection reaches the babies. Inflammation of the gums, swelling and redness of the tongue and cracking of the corners of the mouth are common. If this condition remains untreated it can reach the esophagus and eventually the lungs. To prevent this, immediate treatment is required. Let us learn the role herbs can play to treat the symptoms in babies.


Few Herbal Remedies For Oral Thrush

  • Garlic is a natural remedy for thrush as it has potent anti fungal properties that help kill the yeast cells and prevent their multiplication. Half a clove of crushed garlic can be added to beverages such as soups that is given to an infant.

  • Coconut oil helps to specifically kill the candida species of yeast that is responsible for oral thrush in babies. A few drops of this oil can be massaged gently on the gums and tongue and can also be added in food.

  • There is enough evidence to show that turmeric is a good anti fungal and anti inflammatory agent. A pinch of turmeric added to milk is a useful  and safe remedy for infants.

  • Onion is also helpful to get rid of oral thrush. While the strong flavor is not tolerated by infants, adding this in the mother's diet is good way for the breast feeding infant to reap the benefits.

  • A few drops of lemon juice diluted in water can kill the offending yeast cells. This also gives much needed vitamin C which increases immunity in the infant.


Tips For Managing Oral Thrush Naturally

  • Rinse your babies mouth with a salt water solution regularly.

  • Adding yogurt to an infants diet is helpful due to the good bacteria content.

  • Keeping the area around the nipples clean and free of infection is mandatory by the mother.

As can be seen, herbs make for safe and useful oral thrush remedies in infants. Talk to your doctor for additional treatment and preventive steps that can be taken.


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Herbal Remedies For Oral Thrush