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Oral Thrush


Oral thrush is simply a yeast infection that has developed in and around the mouth. Most of the candida albicans bacteria that lives in our bodies tends to be primarily in the intestinal tract, and in the mouth. Candida yeast 

bacteria thrives in warm, moist, dark environments, and this is why it tends to develop most often on parts of our bodies which meet these criteria. The mouth is one of the primary places on our body which is warm, moist and dark, so anytime an injury or skin breakage occurs in this area, the candida yeast bacteria are able to dig in and start an infection.

Oral thrush is most commonly seen in small children, but it can develop in anyone of any age. Small children are more prone to this type of yeast infection though, because they stick everything they can into their mouths. Yeast infections are highly contagious, so if a child sticks a toy in their mouth that was previously in the mouth of another child with an oral thrush infection, then that infection is often transmitted to the new child.

Small children often also have frequent, chronic ear infections. These infections are chronic because the child's eustachian tubes which connect the ears to the throat, are not fully developed yet. The eustachian tubes are quite small, narrow and flexible in small children. And bacteria from the throat area is able to easily travel up these tubes to the inner ear and cause infections. This is most common with children who sleep with baby bottles in their mouths, but it can happen for a variety of other reasons too.

In any case, because small children are prone to getting ear infections, they're often placed on prescription antibiotics to try and fight those infections. The antibiotics often don't work even on the ear infections anymore unfortunately, and they often cause the side effect of creating yeast infections. In the case of small children, these infections often develop in the form of oral thrush.

As long as the child's immune system is fairly strong and healthy though, curing the oral thrush yeast infection tends to be fairly easy to do. The first tried and true remedy you should always try is plain old fashioned yogurt. This remedy works so well against yeast infections in fact, that it's often recommended to have your children eat yogurt when they're taking prescription antibiotics too. The yogurt with actually help the body heal the ear infection faster, plus help stave off secondary infections such as the oral thrush.

Garlic is the other most powerful way to kill oral thrush fungus infections. If the children are old enough to hold a piece of raw garlic in their mouths for five minutes or so, then simply slice a piece off and give it to them. Have them move it all over their mouths, and rub it on the outside areas of the infection too.

If your child isn't old enough for this, you can use garlic oil instead. Simply puncture a hole in the garlic oil gelcapsul, and use a cotton swab to rub the garlic onto the infected areas of their mouth.

Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.

Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.


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