Thrush is a condition where a yeast fungus coats the mouth or tongue. The coating may look white or yellow. Thrush may hurt or sting when eating or drinking. Infants may be fussy and not want to eat. An infant or child may get thrush if they:

  • Have been taking antibiotic medicines.

  • Breastfeed and the mother has it on her nipples.

  • ExitCare ImageShare cups or bottles with another child who has it.


  • Only give medicine as told by your doctor.

  • For infants:

  • Use a dropper or syringe to squirt medicine into your infant's mouth. Try to get the medicine on the areas that are coated.

  • It is fine for infant to either swallow the medicine or spit it out.

  • Boil all pacifiers and bottle nipples every day in clean water for 15 minutes.

  • For older children:

  • Squirt the medicine into their mouth. They can swish it around and spit it out if they are old enough.

  • Swallowing it will not hurt them.

  • Give medicine before feeding if your child is not drinking well.

  • Leave the white coating alone.

  • Wash your hands well and often before and after contact with your child.

  • Boil any toys that your child may be putting in his or her mouth. Never give a child keys or phones to play with.

  • You may need to use a cream on your nipples if you are breastfeeding. Wipe it off before your breastfeed your infant.


  • The thrush gets worse even with medicine.

  • Your baby or child refuses to drink.

  • Your child is peeing (urinating) very little or their pee is dark yellow.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your child's condition.

  • Will get help right away if your child is not doing well or gets worse.