When white patches inside the mouth strike it’s often a case of oral thrush. Many mums find themselves confronting this yeast overgrowth in their babies and young children and wonder what to do. All too often folks will automatically default to prescription items like nystatin – a rather yucky tasting antifungal medication – but did you know there are home remedies for oral thrush? So, if you prefer a natural approach read on because that’s exactly what I’m going to be sharing with you. I’ll walk you through how I successfully healed my toddler’s oral thrush at home and provide some useful tips on how to avoid oral thrush in the future. Subsequently, you will boost your overall health and well-being while tackling the root cause of candida overgrowth. What could be more perfect? First things first what is Thrush and what causes it?
What is oral thrush?
Oral Thrush is an overgrowth of candida fungus in the mouth and can cause unsightly, sometimes uncomfortable symptoms. This overgrowth tends to occurs often in babies/young children and those who wear dentures, particularly poor fitting ones. Generally speaking, oral thrush is a warning sign that the gut needs healing so it’s import to pay close attention to your diet and gut health if you truly want to reverse it rather than mask the symptoms. Certain medications such as steroid inhalers, antibiotics and chemotherapy can increase your risk of developing oral thrush. All things we should stay away from as far as humanly possible.
Common signs of oral thrush:
- White patches on the tongue and inside the mouth that usually wipe off although they leave behind red patches that may bleed a little
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth or loss of taste
- Redness inside the mouth and throat
- Soreness in the mouth.
- Babies may refuse feeds but keep offering the breast and encourage feeding regardless
Remember, I’m not a doctor and nothing posted here or indeed on this website is to be taken as medical advice. These are just my experiences and/or opinions based on my own research. If in doubt contact your health care provider and always use your noggin.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Thrush
Once again, it’s ACV that comes to the rescue. If you’re a follower of this blog you’ll know that apple cider vinegar is a staple in my home and for good reason! It’s literally a remedy for a multitude of things. If you don’t have some on hand already it’s absolutely time you bought yourself some RAW organic apple cider with mother.
RAW apple cider vinegar is brimming with gut-healthy probiotics and enzymes and balances the body’s PH. The properties of apple cider vinegar have been known for centuries. I suppose they just can’t patent it so it doesn’t get much attention from mainstream medicine, which is a real shame. I did, however, I did come across some studies, such as this one from 2015 that concluded that apple cider vinegar showed antimicrobial effects on Candida. This scientific report also concluded that ACV has antimicrobial effects on Candida and E. Coli and could be useful to treat such infections in the immunosuppressed. So, there is some scientific recognition of ACV and it’s therapeutic benefit against fungal overgrowth like candida albicans, the yeast most commonly behind oral thrush.
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A simple home remedy for oral thrush
Ingredients and supplies:
- 1tbsp RAW organic apple cider vinegar with mother
- 100ml filtered water (I use water from my Berkey)
- A clean glass jar with secure fitting lid
- Clean syringe (optional but useful if giving to a child)
- Combine ACV and water
- Place liquid into the jar and seal
I gave approx 1ml to my son at regular intervals throughout the day up to 8 times daily. Fortunately, he doesn’t mind the taste of apple cider vinegar, if it’s a problem for you can dilute it with more filtered water. I made a new solution each day and continued giving it until symptoms were clear for 48 hours. We also cut all sugar (We tend to keep it to a minimum anyway). Within 4 days my boy’s thrush had cleared up completely and has not returned. Hurrah!
If you can stomach ACV than you can just take a tablespoon a few times a day. It’s great for overall health so continuing this practice is good maintenance to keep oral thrush away after while basking in ACVs many other beneficial properties.
Tips to prevent oral thrush recurring
- Improve gut health by consuming fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut and kefir
- If you have a baby/toddler keep breastfeeding, it’s full of probiotics and gut healthy enzymes for them
- Consume raw dairy from grass-fed, free-range cows – packed with probiotics and good bacteria
- Consider taking a good quality probiotic if you skip the first two points
- Be very wary of big pharma antibiotics, they often cause thrush both oral and vaginal. Opt for natural alternatives like Allicin Max where possible, instead.
- Cut down/avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners – it starves the yeast
- Fill up on veggies grown without pesticides
- Practice good oral hygiene – NO FLUORIDE
These are just some ways you can help yourself avoid repeat episodes of oral thrush while boosting your health! Win win in my book. After all, if we don’t take care of our bodies where will we live? Your body is sacred, treat it as such and it’ll look after you forever. It’s important to over-prescribed antibiotic medication, not only because of resistance to them but they damage gut health.
Wrapping it up
Well folks, there it is. A simple tried and tested home remedy for oral thrush. It worked a treat with my son and should we encounter oral thrush in the future, I’d use it again. Apple cider vinegar just keeps delivering when it comes to natural healing and health, absolutely brilliant stuff. Once you’ve successfully nipped oral thrush in the bud it’s worth looking at your diet and lifestyle to avoid recurrence. Making small changes, such as eating fermented foods and avoiding sugar and artificial sweeteners you’ll be reducing your risk of thrush in the future. When you consume nutrient-dense, whole foods you are literally feeding your gut the goodness it needs to keep yeast in check and your gut healthy. Children’s guts are still developing so if you can avoid giving them antibiotics, do so. For something as common as oral thrush it’s time we moved away from prescription drugs and got back to traditional, safer, natural medicine.
Stay blessed and be healthy,
Have you had success with home remedies for oral thrush in toddlers? What are your “go to” natural remedies for oral thrush? If you have any thoughts or questions just reach out in the comments, I’ll always reply and do what I can to help you out.