Thrush in the mouth

Information to which you should pay special

In the past, gentian violet was recommended as a treatment for thrush. However, it is now known that exposure to this product may increase the risk of cancer, and its use is no longer recommended. If you have any concerns about this issue, talk to a health professional.

Thrush is an oral yeast infection caused by the fungus Candida albicans. It is usually not painful and often disappears by itself. White patches appear in your baby’s mouth, especially inside the lips and cheeks. These patches do not disappear when rubbed.

What to do?

See a health professional.

The fungus that causes thrush can remain on objects. Sterilize objects that come into contact with your baby’s mouth (bottle nipples, pacifiers, rattles) in boiling water (see Cleaning bottles, nipples and breast pumps) and replace them regularly.