How to treat nipple thrush naturally and what exactly is it?
Symptoms of nipple thrush can include:
- Itching nipples or breasts
- Cracking or pain around feeding time
Characteristics of nipple thrush
- Burning, itching, tender or stinging nipples
- A deep ache or a burning sensation that radiates through the breast
- Pain to be experienced both immediately after and between feeds
- The nipple/s may appear bright pink; the areola may be reddened, dry or flaky.
- Nipple damage (eg. cracking)
- Signs of thrush may be present in your baby’s mouth and/or on your baby’s bottom
How to treat nipple thrush naturally
- Avoid soap in order to reduce further irritation and use one of Botáni’s gentle cleansers Botáni’s Olive Soothing Cleanser, Olive Cleansing Bar or 5-in-1 PhytoBody Wash to soothe affected areas.
- Directly after the Baby has been removed from the breast, apply Phytoseptic to the affected area and leave this on until the next feed.
- Gently remove any obvious residue with a warm damp cloth.
- Apply after every feed and continue to apply for 2 weeks after symptoms cease.
- The baby should be treated orally with an appropriate neo-natal anti-fungal treatment whether thrush is apparent or not.
- Olivéne Balm will assist in preventing cracked nipples
As you can see, to treat nipple thrush naturally you need to be diligent with your hygiene and follow some simple, consistent steps. If symptoms persist, please seek medical advice.