Is it really thrush? Maybe...maybe not!
So thrush is one of those things that is "easy" to diagnose. Now I'm not saying that is easy to really determine if there is thrush but it is easy to just call the issue thrush and move on. The reality is that there are many things that can give you similar symptoms as thrush. Whenever there are repeated bouts of thrush...there needs to be further investigation to determine if it really is thrush.
I may need to add to this post and build on it a little at a time because of...life. I just wanted to at least get it started and work on it LOL. I have 5 children and I'm in school working on being a Ped NP. I'm terribly behind on school work so I will post what I can as much as I can...I may just put up a lot of resources about what other issues are and such.
But thrush can really be a bad latch, a bacterial infection, tongue tied baby, overactive letdown and some other things.
So how do you know if it is thrush and if it isn't?
So if it is thrush we all think to look for the white patch. If the white patch is only on the tongue...don't assume thrush. Many babies have a white tongue that can actually be pretty thick with the white...but it doesn't mean it is thrush. If there are white patches on the gums and/or cheeks and/or roof of mouth with the tongue...that makes it more likely to be thrush. Thrush doesn't know the difference between the tongue and the rest of the mouth. So just tongue...consider thrush but be aware that it could be something else and the white tongue is just a nice coating of milk.
APNO for the FYI...contains an antifungal but also an antibacterial. So sometimes people say it had to be thrush because the APNO helped. APNO can help with things other than thrush.
Here's a nice article on some of this...
Off to do a few other things...