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Recurring oral thrush

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christinarossetti Mon 15-Jun-15 14:23:25

My 6 year old ds has had oral thrush three times since March/April time.

I treated it with Dakaturin (sp?) from the chemist the first time, it seemed to go but came back quickly and GP prescribed Nystan. This got rid of it for a few weeks, although now it's back and I got some more Nystan from the OOHs at the weekend as it wasn't improving with the over-the counter stuff.

Ds was in unprecedented good health this winter/spring (not one day off school), so doesn't appear to be 'run down', so I can't work out why this keeps reoccuring.

Diabetes has been ruled out. He's difficult to get into bed at night, and often seems a bit down on sleep although averages about 10 hours a night.

Anyone experienced this and is there a way of finally getting shot of it. A friend mentioned grapefruit seed extract - worth a try?


ppeatfruit Mon 15-Jun-15 17:28:04

Yes definitely worth tryng grapefruit seed extract it's brilliant. I'd look at his diet too, maybe he shouldn't eat mushrooms (shitake are known for nasty reactions) if he does have them of course, or cashew\brazil nuts can cause odd reactions.

christinarossetti Mon 15-Jun-15 19:37:33

Thanks. I did wonder about it being a reaction to certain foods, so have stopped pineapple. Doesn't eat mushrooms, will think about nuts.

Will definitely try the grapefruit seed extract.

ppeatfruit Tue 16-Jun-15 08:28:16

Too much pineapple is not a good idea but a little is alright. (not with a sensitive mouth problem though).

Maybe try a mouthwash of a couple of drops tea tree ess. oil mixed with half a cup of filtered water (see if he can hold it in his mouth and 'swish' it around). Or just sea salt dissolved in water is good.

Carrie5608 Tue 16-Jun-15 08:31:49

Treatment needs to continue for 48hrs after the last lesion has healed. Are you doing that?

christinarossetti Tue 16-Jun-15 13:21:35

Thanks. Yes, the dose prescribed was 1 ml x 4 a day for 7 days, and I then gave him the last 2 ml on day 8 just to finish the bottle.

There were no white bits after day 3, so the lesions had definitely healed.

I sort of think I need to alter the pH balance of his mouth a bit, so that the candida can't grow - I guess that's what grapefruit seed extract does.

Thanks for your advice. I'll finish this latest course of medicine then get some grapefruit seed extract in to nip it in the bud should it start again.

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