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I first noticed the white stuff when Noah was nursing. I thought it was some milk that had dribbled out onto his lips. Then later when I buckled him into his carseat I saw it again. I tried to wipe off the “white skin” on his lip, but it didn’t go away. That is when it hit me. It wasn’t milk or chapped lips. Noah had thrush.
Thrush is an oral yeast infection that is common in babies. The yeast can also spread to the baby’s bottom and/or mom’s breasts. Noah was over a year old when we developed thrush. I thought only infants contracted thrush, but my pediatrician said it can happen in toddlers also.
Thrush can be really hard to get rid of, but I was confident that I had caught Noah’s early. We would beat the yeast quickly. We started round one of the medication. Four times I day I had to spread the medication all over the inside of Noah’s mouth. He wasn’t impressed. I wasn’t impressed either.
The medication needed to be used until Noah and I weren’t showing any symptoms of thrush for at least a week. We stopped using it and a couple days later I noticed white patches in Noah’s mouth again. We started round 2 of medication.
This whole time we needed to be very careful about how often he used the same sippy cup. I stopped brushing his teeth so we wouldn’t be contaminated by his toothbrush. It was a pain in the neck and it didn’t work!
I reached out to my lactation consultant begging for a miracle cure from our stubborn thrush and she had one! She suggested I try gentian violet.
Gentian violet is not a medication. It is a dye that I spread all over the inside of Noah’s mouth, his bottom, and my nipples. It works by cutting off the oxygen supply to the yeast. In just three days we were yeast free!
Forgive me for the terrible picture quality above. I tried and tried to get a good picture of Noah with his purple lips, but my squirmy boy was not interested. Thank goodness Noah didn’t look like that for long!
Several months later I had a girlfriend reach out to me about her battle with thrush. She and her son had been passing it back and forth for months. She was experiencing so much pain while nursing that she was ready to give up breastfeeding. Thankfully, I was able to save the day and deliver some gentian violet to her doorstep!
Why don’t more moms turn to gentian violet right away when they see signs of thrush? Why would anyone do round after round of medications when they could eliminate the yeast in just three days with gentian violet? Probably because it is messy. You have to be very careful with it because it will stain everything purple. In reality, it sounds much more intimidating than it actually is.
My girlfriend asked me, “Why don’t more people know about this stuff?! When you Google “thrush,” the first thing that pops up should be gentian violet!” I agree! This stuff works wonders. I urge you to please share 15 Tips for Curing Thrush with Gentian Violet with all the moms you know. Share it on Facebook. Pin it on Pinterest. You just might save the day for a desperate mom in need of a cure for thrush.
Have you ever battled thrush? Did you try gentian violet?
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