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- Urinary tract
- Whole body—systemic infection causes multiple organ failure and death
- Contamination from caregivers
- Contamination during breastfeeding
- Birth complications, such as preterm birth, premature rupture of membranes, or perinatal asphyxia
- Very low birth weight babies admitted to neonatal intensive care
- Vaginal yeast infection in the mother at the time of birth
- Decreased interest in feeding
- White, lacy patches on the inside of the cheeks or tongue that don't come off when rubbed
- Sore mouth and throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Differences in taste
- White or red patches on the inside of the cheeks or tongue that may or may not come off when rubbed
- Fissures or cracks in the mouth
- Your baby is at risk for developing a systemic infection
- Your baby can't tolerate other treatments
- Your baby doesn't respond to other treatments
Proper Oral Hygiene
- Clean your baby's mouth with a clean, moist gauze pad as soon as baby teeth appear.
- Have your child rinse their mouth with warm salt water
- Gently scrape patches off your child's mouth with a toothbrush
- Gently brush any newly appearing teeth with a child-size toothbrush and water.
- If your child is 2 years old, use a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste. Make sure your child spits out all of the toothpaste.
- If your child has two teeth that touch, you can start to use dental floss.
- Maintain proper oral hygiene after treatment.
- If your child is at risk, ask your child's doctor about antifungal medication.
- Thoroughly clean your baby's pacifier and toothbrush.
- If your baby is prone to thrush and drinks from a bottle, use disposable nipples.
- Avoid mouthwashes and mouth sprays. These can upset the normal balance of yeast and bacteria in the mouth.
- If your child uses a corticosteroid inhaler, make sure they rinse their mouth thoroughly after each use.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013 -
- Update Date: 12/00/2013 -