Babies are so sweet and vulnerable and they are a mother's greatest joy. When your child suffers even a small discomfort, your first instinct is naturally to want to fix it. If your child has thrush, I know you want to solve the problem - quickly AND safely. So the question is, are anti-fungal drugs for infant thrush safe? Do they even work?
Every year, pediatricians write tens of thousands of prescriptions for babies and toddlers without even blinking an eyelash or giving it a second thought. And as a mom, the presence of a doctor can seem so authoritative and reassuring. Yet fortunately, more and more moms like you are taking it upon themselves to find only the best and safest remedies for their child.
So let's look at some of the commonly prescribed prescription drugs for infant thrush. The first common one which is also one of the most dangerous is Diflucan. Diflucan is very commonly prescribed for infant thrush, and yet even for full grown adults it carries the risks of side effects such as
* nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, jaundice
* fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms
* severe blistering, peeling and red skin rash
* easy bruising and bleeding, unusual weakness
* seizures (convulsions).
It's hard to fathom this drug is commonly prescribed for infant thrush when there are completely effective and safe alternatives that exist.
Now, another commonly prescribed drug for infant thrush in Nystatin. Fortunately, Nystatin is not so toxic as Diflucan, though it does carry the risk of side effects. One side effect being that Nystatin can cause the yeast cells to mutate into a more difficult-to-treat form! Not the desired result, is it? Also, Nystatin for infant thrush is mixed with sugar to make it more palatable for babies.
There are also many other anti-fungal drugs that may be used and they are all potentially risky for your child. Think of it as like taking an herbicide internally, because that's exactly what you're doing. Now, there are very rare instances, such as a blood fungal infection, where these drugs may be warranted, but those cares are extremely far and few between.
The other main problem with these prescription drugs is they don't cure the underlying imbalance that allowed the yeast to grow out of control in the first place! So your child is vulnerable to relapses from the same infection, vulnerable to other opportunistic infections, and at risk for long-term, chronic yeast problems!