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Common Baby Health Problems Parents Should Be Aware Of

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ORAL THRUSH

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Oral thrush is among the most common infant problems. It’s simply an overgrowth of yeast that causes irritation in and around your baby’s mouth. Everyone has the candida bacteria in their mouths and digestive tracts, but babies’ weakened immune system causes the overgrowth. Oral thrush occurs in babies younger than six months old. You might notice cracked skin at the corner of the mouth, or white patches on the tongue and lips. The patches might resemble cottage cheese and can’t simply be wiped away. While your baby’s mouth might be sore, she’s likely not in pain. Most cases clear up on their own, but your doctor might recommend an antifungal medication.

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