Thrush—Child

(Oral Candidiasis)

Definition

Thrush is a fungal infection of the mouth. It usually begins on the tongue and inside of the cheeks. It may also spread to the palate, gums, tonsils, and throat. Severe, untreated thrush can spread to the:
  • Urinary tract
  • Whole body—systemic infection causes multiple organ failure and death
Thrush
Nucleus factsheet image
Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

Causes

Thrush is caused by a fungus. There are many microorganisms that normally live in the mouth. When these organisms become imbalanced, the fungus can grow and cause thrush. The imbalance of organisms may be caused by a medical condition or medication.

Risk Factors

Factors that may increase your baby's chance of getting thrush include:Factors that may increase your child's chance of getting thrush include:
  • Health conditions that suppress the immune system, such as:
    • HIV infection
    • Cancer or medical treatments for cancer, such as chemotherapy
    • Congenital immune deficiencies
  • Prolonged illness
  • Use of antibiotics
  • Conditions that cause a dry mouth
  • Use of medications that treat psychiatric conditions

leave comments
0
Did you like this? Share with your family and friends.
Related Topics:
Current Research From Top Journals



June 2015

A meta-analysis found that mothers participating in a prenatal exercise group were less likely to have a large newborn, less likely to need a cesarean section, and no more likely to have a low birthweight baby than those who did not exercise. The study supports proper prenatal care advice which advocates for mothers to exercise during pregnancy if allowed by the physician.

dot separator
previous editions


May 2015

Chewing Gum After Surgery May Improve Digestive Tract Recovery
April 2015

Early Peanut Consumption Associated with Lower Risk of Peanut Allergy in High Risk Children
March 2015

dashed separator

Advertisement

Our Free Newsletter
click here to see all of our uplifting newsletters »

 

Advertisement

Advertisement

DiggDeliciousNewsvineRedditStumbleTechnoratiFacebook