Wash off Clotrimazole before feeding?

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Registered: 04-29-2003
Wash off Clotrimazole before feeding?
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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 4:26pm
My pediatrician just diagnosed me and baby with Thrush. She has me applying Clotrimazole cream to my nipples 4 times per day. She said I don't have to wash it off before feedings, but after reading the poison control warning on the package, I have been the whole time. Anyone else know whether I have to? It would be more convienient in the night if I didn't have to, but of course I want to do what's best.

Thanks!

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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 4:36pm
You only have to wipe off is there is any visible cream. I seldom have to do this as I rub it in really good and my bra or shirt seems to rub off the rest.
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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 6:59pm
Agree with Kimmie, and also wanted to make sure (you did say "baby and me") that both of you are being treated for the thrush, and that the treatment is often enough to nix the thrush.

Four times a day for you or baby may not be often enough. See this info:

http://breastfeeding.hypermart.net/thrush.html

If you find your nipples are a little dry, and/or you're a little hesitant to use the ointment after each nursing (which *I* would do if it were me, so the yeast doesn't grow into BIG nasty beast) try using virgin olive oil on the nipples - it moisturizes AND is anti-fungal :)

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 04-29-2003 - 7:00pm
Also you might want to get some acidopholus for you and the baby to take during the thrush treatment and for two weeks after all symptoms are gone. That info is on the thrush link I gave you, but if you need more info let us know.