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The Best Probiotics for Infant Thrush
If you read the earlier chapter about probiotics, then you know that I’m really picky about
the brands I will use. I’ve found that some of them are extremely effective while many
don't have any apparent effect at all. Some studies have found that many brands of
probiotics have far fewer living organisms than claimed on the label.
Probiotics are delicate creatures and there's a science to culturing the best strains and
ensuring that the bacteria are alive by the time that reach their destination, both in the
store and in your body.
From my own experience and from the experience of other moms, it’s clear to me that
not all brands of probiotics work well enough to cure infant thrush. The first brand I
recommend is Natural Choice Products’ Probiotic Blend, and then next brand I
recommend after that is Nature’s Sunshine. Nature’s Sunshine is available all around the
world, so this is a good choice to try for those of you who don’t live in the U.S. or
The nice thing about the NCP Probiotic Blend is that it tastes really sweet and is dairy
free. The consistency is good for mixing with a little water and making a paste, which is
great, especially for younger infants. The only downside is that it’s a little pricey for a
probiotic, at about $50/bottle. For infant thrush, 1 bottle should do the trick, although
you’ll want to give your baby some kind of probiotic for maintenance as well even once
the thrush is gone.
Just using the Probiotic Blend alone is enough to cure infant thrush in most cases. You
can also use this product to mix with a little water and make a paste to use on your
nipples if you have breastfeeding thrush. You do this after nursing so it has time to stay
on there and get rid of the yeast. I’ll go into more detail on breastfeeding thrush later in
As a side note, I’ve been giving both my children Probiotic Blend since they were babies,
and they’ve been extremely healthy – not a single ear infection or serious illness of any
kind! One time I caught the flu while traveling and had a fever of over 102 F. My
daughter who was about 10 months old, started to come down with it, so I started loading
her up on Probiotic Blend right away. She crawled around with a slight fever for a day
and then was completely fine!
I also always keep a jar on hand due to my worry of what I would do if one of my
children caught E. coli or some other virulent bacteria. Western medicine is not able to
treat these diseases very well; giving lots of probiotics at the very first sign of an
intestinal infection may very well stop it in its tracks, so that it never becomes serious
enough for you to ever find out exactly what the problem was!
My approach is to treat any problem aggressively, naturally, to try to prevent ever having
to go to a doctor or hospital in the first place. (Of course, you should never be a fanatic
about natural medicine, serious illnesses require serious intervention!)
Why Probiotics are BY FAR the Best Treatment for Infant Thrush
What's so wonderful about using probiotics to cure your baby's thrush is that not only will
it cure the thrush, you will be providing numerous other health benefits for your baby!
Babies who are given probiotics have increased long-term protection against:
• Ear infections and other bacterial illnesses
• Food poisoning
• Viral infections, including colds and flus
Probiotics may even help protect against SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. As I
mentioned in an earlier chapter, a recent study found that a significant proportion of SIDS
babies actually died from an undetected bacterial infection; this may be one reason why
breastfed babies are less likely to die from SIDS. Since breastfed babies receive both
natural probiotics and immune factors in breastmilk, this would help them resist bacterial
infections. Supplemental probiotics would also help prevent an insidious bacterial
Giving your baby probiotics is one of the best things you can do for his or her health.
Probiotics are only beneficial; you cannot give your baby too many of them. The only
thing you want to be careful of in a very young newborn is what the probiotics are
cultured in, for example, be aware if they are cultured in a milk base.
I prefer to give a baby probiotics cultured in rice or other vegan base, since it is possible
that giving milk proteins to a very young infant could potentially cause or exacerbate
food sensitivities or food allergies.
Details on How to Use Probiotics to Treat Thrush
How you use the probiotics depends a little bit on your infants' age. Most infants with
thrush are very young, so we'll start with that. You want to give your child the probiotics
after nursing or feeding them so that the good germs can linger in your baby's mouth and
do their work.
Take a scoopful or about 1/8th of a teaspoon and mix it with only a few drops of water,
not too much, just enough to make a pretty thick paste with it. Then use your finger to
gently rub the paste into the affected areas of your baby's mouth. You can also try putting
a little bit in your baby's mouth without any water. It will make kind of a sticky paste
when it mixes with your child's saliva and this works really well for allowing the
probiotics to get settled in your baby’s mouth and completely get rid of the yeast.
I only needed to do this a few times a day, but if you're dealing with a severe case of
thrush, or if you’re using a weaker strain of probiotics, you may need to do it more often,
such as 6 or 7 times a day. You can't give your baby too much. The probiotics will
gradually dissolve and your baby will swallow some, allowing them to work their way
down the digestive tract and performing more beneficial activities in the rest of your
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