Do you notice that your baby gets so fussy while feeding or spot white patches in the mouth? If so, then the baby may have a case of thrush or oral yeast infection. Find out below more about it as well as how to clean bottles when baby has thrush.
How Babies Get Thrush Condition and What Causes It
Thrush is a condition where yeast grows excessively in the mouth of a baby. It is also a case that can happen to the mom’s nipples if the baby is breastfed. This condition is not actually rare and most of the times, it is not serious. Still, it can be worrying to notice white or yellow patches that cover the baby’s mouth, tongue, inside of the cheeks, or gums.
So, how do bottle fed babies get thrush that cause the condition on the baby’s mouth? It actually is caused by Candida albicans, a type of fungus or yeast. Getting thrush can be uncomfortable for the baby, at times even painful. Taking a step to clean the bottle properly can help to prevent this condition to get worse.
How to Clean and Sterilize Bottles When Baby Has Thrush
Washing and sterilizing baby bottle is essential, especially if the baby is mostly bottle fed. Note that it is not something that you should be done only when the baby develops thrush, but a regular occasion after each feed.
Here’s how to clean and sterilize the bottle your baby is feeding from:
- Separate the different bottle parts and detach the bottle nipple.
- Boil hot water and pour some detergent.
- Clean the bottle’s surface by using a soft brush and make sure no spot is left uncleaned.
- Get rid of the milk that may still left on the nipple with a smaller brush.
- Squeeze soapy hot water through its hole.
- Rinse all of the parts.
Even if at glance the bottle seems to be clean, there’s still possibility that it carries germs. That’s why you need to sterilize the bottle as well, including all items put inside your baby’s mouth such as pacifier. You will need at least 20 minutes to boil them to make sure yeast and bacteria are eliminated.
Follow the simple boiling method below to proceed:
- Separate the bottle parts if you haven’t then put it inside a large-sized saucepan.
- Fill the saucepan with tap water until the water is fully submerged.
- Heat up the water until it forms bubbles.
- Wait until at least 20 minutes.
- Allow the sterilized bottle to cool down before taking it out.
- Move the bottle in a clean container and let it cool down again inside a tightly covered lid then place in a fridge for up to 24 hours.
Taking preventative steps is essential to avoid irritation and infection such as thrush in a newborn. Following the steps of how to clean bottles when baby has thrush above can help to prevent the condition to spread or get worse.