Can Baby Formula Cause Thrush?

Can Baby Formula Cause Thrush?


Can Baby Formula Cause Thrush?

Thrush can make your baby feel miserable. Can this be caused by your baby formula?

What is Thrush?

Thrush is a yeast infection. It can affect anywhere from the mouth to the diaper. While it is normal to have fungus in the body, thrush is an overgrowth that can develop into an infection. Babies, especially those who are six months and younger, can develop thrush because their immune systems are still immature and developing. Oral thrush is when the overgrowth of yeast affects the mouth. Symptoms include:

  • cracked skin in the corners of the mouth
  • patches that resemble cottage cheese inside the cheeks or on the tongue and lips
  • discomfort sucking in some cases

Can You Prevent Thrush If Your Baby is Formula-Fed?

Thrush is a common yeast infection that can go away on its own, but you can help your baby through certain preventative measures.

  • Thoroughly clean all nipples and pacifiers. Hot water and proper scrubbing in the nipple tip can remove any yeast and keep it from growing.
  • Follow food safety guidelines for your bottles and keep them clean.
  • Follow baby formula preparation instructions. This means storing pre-mixed baby formula in the refrigerator to prevent yeast growth. This also means not giving your baby a bottle that has been out for more than an hour.
  • If your baby continues to get oral thrush despite these preventative measures, speak with your pediatrician about other health concerns.