Thrush at 9 months...HELP!!!!

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Thrush at 9 months...HELP!!!!
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Thu, 08-13-2009 - 8:09pm

It never even occurred to me that thrush could be a problem this late in breastfeeding! UGH! On Monday I took Macy (9 months tomorrow) to the pediatrician for a persistent fever (which, of course, finally stopped that afternoon) but while there I asked her about us having thrush since my nips started getting REALLY sore over the weekend. Sure enough we saw some white on the inside of her lips, got Nystatin and today you can't even see a thing. Yay for Macy! Well, my nips feel like they're going to fall off and it is still absolutely excruciating to nurse her!!!! My mom got me squeezed into the Dr yesterday instead of having to wait for my original appt time which wasn't until tomorrow, the Dr prescribed me 4 Diflucan pills, I took the first one last night and the second this morning. He said to wait until tomorrow night and the next morning for the other two. I know Diflucan is supposed to knock this out and I assume it's working but I'm still in horrible pain! I want to scream when she eats! And at 9 months she's easily distracted at the slightest thing and while seriously rip off of me to check things out. I tried yesterday to manually express my milk and give it to her in a bottle, she refused, I gave it to her in a sippy, she refused, I mixed it with cereal and tried to spoon feed her, she still refused. She missed two feedings yesterday because of it (she did have some baby food though). She won't let me use the nipple shield either so what in the world am I supposed to do?? Even IF she would take formula (which she's never had a drop of) she won't take a bottle (she's only had 3 I think before 5 months and she hated it). Please HELP! I'm feeling hopeless, I know she needs at least 3 more months of breastmilk or formula but I just can't nurse her until it heals some. If I give her breastmilk in her sippy cup is it ok if she just sips on it? She's still getting used to the cup and doesn't chug from it, she barely sips on it for very long before getting distracted. I seriously feel stuck here. HELP!!!!

And TIA for reading this far! =) It's much appreciated!




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Fri, 08-14-2009 - 1:44pm

((Jenn)) Sorry that you have thrush. Yuck!


GV can help with the pain...are you doing that or APNO? http://www.kellymom.com/newman/06gentian_violet.html


Using one or both of those should help enough with the pain to at least make nursing bearable.


I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but 4 days of Diflucan likely isn't going to cut it :( Dr Newman recommends a minimum of 10 days (14 is even better). Can you see if the doc will follow his recommendation, as outlined here?


http://www.kellymom.com/newman/20fluconazole.html


http://www.kellymom.com/newman/c-candida_protocol.html


I've read that the yeast gets 'angry' once you start Diflucan and it flares up a bit, but it SHOULD start feeling better soon. Hang in there.


How frequently were you told to apply the Nystatin to baby? She needs to be treated the full two weeks, as well.


Can you try a momscicle to get some bm into her?

 

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Fri, 08-14-2009 - 1:57pm

Oh geez. =( The Diflucan he gave me are 150mg tablets and he acted like it would be plenty, he said they only prescribe one to women with vaginal yeast infections. He's our family GP not an OB. I haven't gotten anything else to take care of it, it doesn't hurt inside at all, the pain is from my cracked, bleeding, peeling nipples. And it doesn't subside after her initial latching/sucking.

She liked drinking from a regular cup but was DONE and off playing in no time. She's the most distracted baby alive, I'm convinced of it! I've been expressing manually and mixing it with her baby food since I don't know what else to do. Momscicle? Is that like making ice cubes with the BM? Cause I thought of doing that and giving it to her in her little food chewing thing.

I'm afraid if I have to keep expressing manually that I'll dry up before I'm healed enough to nurse her again. I know I can't be getting as much out as she does!




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Fri, 08-14-2009 - 2:29pm

Jenn-


To be fair to your GP, most OBs don't treat thrush correctly, either. I think that undiagonsed/improperly treated

 

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Fri, 08-14-2009 - 2:42pm

Thanks so much for your help Theresa!

DJ is stopping by pharmacy for GV on his way home from work! =) What's APNO?

I was told 1ml in each cheek 4 times a day for the Nystatin... what should I be doing instead?

I'll def try the momscicle! Thanks again!! =)




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Fri, 08-14-2009 - 3:04pm

Yeast will start growing back in about 90 minutes, so the Nystatin should be applied about every 90-120 minutes.


One of the links I gave discussed APNO. Here's info on a generic version, as per Paula. DH should be able to pick the stuff up at the pharmacy with the GV.


"make your own OTC APNO cream, using hydrocortisone, lotrimin and polysporin.

 

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Fri, 08-14-2009 - 4:35pm

OK, now I remember reading that. I'll see if I can find that stuff too. We have to keep lotrimin AF around here all the time, I didn't think something like that was ok to put on me if she's nursing.

I will update! =) Thanks for all your help!




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