Common Infant Infections and How to Treat Them

It's always hard to watch our children get sick. If only they could tell us what's wrong. What are the most common infant illnesses? What do you do when your child has a fever? When should you call the pediatrician and when can you probably handle things on your own?

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Parent Savers
Common Infant Infections and How to Treat Them

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Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : It’s always harder to watch our children get sick than for us to be sick ourselves. Their tiny little body’s struggle with illnesses. If only they could tell us what is wrong rather than wondering the worst. I am Dr. Shawn Bissonnette, Pediatrician and private practitioner at Scripps Ranch and I am here to talk with you about common infant illnesses. So, you won’t have to wonder again the worst. This is Parent Savers.

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KC Wilt : Welcome to Parent Savers, I am your host KC Wilt and we are broadcasting our online radio show at the Birth education center of San Diego. Visit our website, for information on how you could be a part of our show. You can send us comments or suggestions to the contact link on our website. I am a new mother to my son Carson who is at home with an illness and I am looking forward to talking to you. He is 16 months old and I am joined by three new parents here in the studio.

Owen Hemsath : Hi my name is Owen and I am 31 years and I work in Marketing and Social Media. I have got two kids and one on the way including a nine-month-old so,

KC Wilt : You have hands full.

Owen Hemsath : I do, you know, my oldest is the stepson so when I came into his life he was already 2 years and I have got a 9-month-old so it’s a new experience for me.

KC Wilt : And then a new baby.

Owen Hemsath : Yeah.

KC Wilt : Exciting.

Mark Ranallo : I am Mark. I am 32 years. I am a Web developer. I have a daughter, Lilly who is 5 months old.

Angela Bailey : My name is Angela Bailey. I am 30 years. I am a stay-at-home mom and I have a 19-month-old daughter Addyson.

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[Featured Segment: Ask The Experts]

KC Wilt : Before we start today’s show here is the question for one of our experts.

Michelle : Hi, Parent Savers my name is Michelle, I am from San Diego, California and I have a question for your Chiropractic expert. My child has oriental issues with bowel movements. She can sometimes go many days without pooping. She seems really gassy. Wanted to know if your Chiropractic care would help and what does it involve? Thank you.

Dr. Jack Mawer : Hi, this is Dr. Jack Mawer. Hi, Michelle. Chiropractic is a great solution. In fact, in my practice, I see quite a few children with this exact condition. Parents also seek Chiropractic care for constipation, colic infections but, pooping is one of the big issues. It’s important to understand that the doctor of Chiropractic doesn’t really diagnose or treat these conditions. His expertise is checking the child’s spine for misalignments that play a part in the nervous system functions thereby affecting the overall body function. The subluxations interfere with nerves' ability to relay information from the brain to the body and that kind of factor affects the circulation to, in this case, digestion or elimination. The Chiropractic adjustment is very gentle and with that, it restores the nervous system function and that allows the body to express itself in a healthy way. Coming to a Chiropractor what will happen is Chiropractor will take a nice detailed history and perform an exam to determine if spinal subluxations are present and then will be modified and set up a care plan that is appropriate for the child’s age and size and the developmental stage he’s in or she is in. The chiropractic adjustment is extremely gentle with the newborn. It could be somewhere to check the ripeness of tomatoes in terms of pressure. For older children, we use instrumental adjusting which is also very gentle. All in all it’s a very gentle experience. Children love it and be sure to, you know, if you are looking for a Chiropractor, make sure that doctor sees a lot of kids and enjoys working with families. Hope this is a good answer to your questions and good luck, thank you, bye.


KC Wilt : Well, today on Parent Savers we have Dr. Bissonnette to help us to decipher the common infant illnesses. So, what are the most common infant illnesses? What do you see the most often?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Well, in infants that is to say children up to a year of age, we generally categorize the illnesses as respiratory, Gastro-Intestinal and then we throw in rashes because that’s what lot of people call upon.

KC Wilt : So, three things.

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Three major categories that we get the vast majority of calls and questions about as far as infants go. Respiratory illnesses will include anything that we call them is the respiratory track, meaning upper respiratory infections like colds, sinus infections, ear infections, conjunctivitis, tonsillitis or sore throats. Lower respiratory infections would include bronchitis and pneumonia. And in particular, in infants, something called Bronchiolitis is kind of halfway between the two. Gastro intesto illnesses would be what is commonly referred to as stomach flu. Now, it’s really a bad term. Stomach flu is not caused by the influence of virus which is the one that you get the flu shots for. They are entirely different things. And then rashes, there are a ton of rashes that the kids get. Only a couple, which are worrisome, the ast majority of which are very benign.

KC Wilt : Well, how do we know if our child has bubonic plague or just a little cold?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Well, if he hasn’t been playing with infected squirrels and things that are off of them, thankfully he does not have the bubonic plague. Bats also come into play there. But, basically……

KC Wilt : How do we assume the worst in a child?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : There is a lot of symptoms that we look out for and it is not necessarily anyone's symptom that tells the tale, it’s the combination thereof. So, for example, a fever, a fever is not necessarily a bad thing depending on the age of the child.

KC Wilt : Okay.

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : …..and depending on the height of the fever. One of the things to keep in mind is that a higher fever does not necessarily mean a worse illness. It does not necessarily mean that it’s a bacteria as opposed to a virus, for example. Many of the highest fevers that we see are actually viral illnesses as opposed to bacteria. Many of the highest fevers indicate an illness that is going to run its course anyhow. One of the most common is Roseola. Roseola is caused bio virus. It is usually manifested by high fever anywhere from 103 to 105 degrees.

KC Wilt : Scary.

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Going for 2,3,4 days without really any other symptoms all of a sudden boom, the fever breaks usually within 12 to 24 hours the child breaks out and bunchy red rash all over the body which then usually lasts for several days and goes away. And, in this case, the rash indicates the end of the illness and the after effect of the illness. But I guess when it has been a high fever we are often very scared, we get calls about it all the time, we see kids in the office all the time because of it. It is a totally benign disease. It doesn’t really cause any harm whatsoever, no after effects, kids don’t wind in the hospital because of it and yet again it has got a high fever associated with it. On the other hand, lower fevers can be equally worrisome if not more so and I will take not so much in infants but an older kid. One of the things parents worry most about is Appendicitis, you know, if your kid gets a stomach ache does he have Appendicitis? Appendicitis causes a fever but it’s not a high fever it’s usually round a 101 degrees. So, you know Appendicitis which is a more serious kind of problem can cause a lower fever than Roseola which is a very benign condition. So, a fever is something that is not necessarily a bad sign it’s just the sign that they’re sick.

Owen Hemsath : What’s happening biochemically with the fever? It’s a rise in the body temperature and that’s……

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Well, actually what happens is that, that’s a very good question because it kind of brings us to the point what’s important about a fever? What you have to do and don’t need to do with it? Bio chemically what happens is that your body develops an immune reaction to an invading infection. That immune reaction involves white blood cells, it involves antibodies and it involves thereafter basically a cascade of biochemical reactions. One result of which is to cause changes in the brain which causes your body temperature to elevate. So, a fever is a response to an illness. Now it doesn’t have to be an infection. You can get it from autoimmune diseases. You can get it from cancer. You can get it from a wide variety of things. A wide variety of conditions will cause fever but it’s a reaction on the part of the body.

Owen Hemsath : Alright, Okay

KC Wilt : Do we let the fever break before giving them acetaminophen or Tylenol or do we let a ride at the fever out because, you know, is the fever breaking up the infection? You tell me I don’t know?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Alright, exactly one of, there are so many different views on how to deal with fevers and parents have different views and even physicians have different views. I know Pediatricians for example, say don’t ever treat a fever. It’s not necessary it’s not harmful that doesn’t give him Tylenol, acetaminophen or ibuprofen or anything else for it. Yeah, that’s kind of one extreme. My feeling on it is that you treat the fever if it is making the child uncomfortable, Okay. So, if your kid has a fever of 103 degrees just lying there,

KC Wilt : Motion less?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Motionless and tired and unhappy you treat the fever. You bring the fever down you make them feel better. Another reason to treat the fever is the higher the body temperature is the more that’s called insensible loss of fluid you have. It’s like hotter, you sweat, that’s called the insensible loss. Okay, now when you sweat it’s obvious you sensibly see it but your body is also losing fluid through your skin even when you are not actually sweating and the higher your body temperature is the more fluid you are losing. So, you could actually get dehydrated as a result of a fever. If your small child who is not drinking, okay I say treat the fever if they are uncomfortable and on the other hand your kid is, in this case, say a 2-year-old running around and getting everything with a fever of 103 degrees, you don’t need to bother.

Mark Ranallo At what point is the fever, does the fever reach a point where it is more troublesome than the actual cause of the fever?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : That’s an excellent question. It’s often asked to me as when is the fever harmful? When does the fever actually cause damage?

KC Wilt : To the brain cells?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Yeah, the answer is never.

Mark Ranallo : Okay.

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Okay, and I will qualify that, that is to say that there is a difference between and I call this is semantic type of thing but the one that I explain to parents. There is a difference between a fever and elevated body temperature.

Mark Ranallo : Okay.

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : A fever is basically an internal rise in your body temperatures caused by internal responses such as viruses or bacteria, okay. Your body is pretty much not going to generate a fever that is harmful to itself. Okay, that’s just really not going to happen. There are really no normal illnesses that your child is ever likely to encounter which are going to cause a fever that will cause a body temperature high enough to cause damage. Now, I separate that from cold elevated body temperature, sunstroke, heatstroke and certain kinds of toxic reactions and in particular a very uncommon one called as Malignant Hyperthermia which is a reaction to certain types of anesthetics can, in fact, cause a body temperature which will be high enough to cause damage.

Angela Bailey : As far as respiratory illnesses at what point do you worry about a cold? I know you when Addyson was 5 months old she got RSP which presented itself in cold-like symptoms and just gradually got worse. I caught it very early so it never got too bad but my cousin with the same age daughter, her daughter ended up in ICU. So, what should you look for and at what point do you call the doctor? And at what point do you go to the emergency room because you know a cold is if you look at it, it has been something so simple and you know….

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Well, again as I mentioned there is a variety of different illnesses which are respiratory illnesses both, viral and bacterial. But the vast majority of them make you sick, you don’t feel good. We treat them you see the doctor if they possess but really what it comes down to the thing to watch for with a respiratory illness of any type is the child’s breathing. Breathing more rapidly than usual, breathing harder than usual, working harder to breathe in a particular hearing noisy breathing either on the inhale or on the exhale. If you are hearing the noisy breathing on the inhale it is usually associated with a barky kind of cough and that kind of, that noise is referred to as straighter. It indicates inflammation and swelling in the upper party airway and the windpipe and the lungs area. And it is often associated with hoarseness and commonly the most common illness to cause that is Croup. If you here wheezing or noisy breathing on the exhale that’s coming from the lungs. That indicates the tightness of the small airways to the lungs. It is something similar to what you hear in asthma and that’s what bronchiolitis causes and that’s what the result of the RSP virus. So, respiratory distress in the sense of again rapid breathing, difficulty breathing, retracting and sucking in the skin between the ribs or the stomach, noisy breathing with either on the inhale or the exhale obviously struggling to breathe, that’s going to be your big indicator on any other respiratory illness as to a more emergent or serious type of situation. You ever see that, you call your doctor right away.

KC Wilt : So, when we come back will talk about the commonness of catching these illnesses and talk about ways we can keep our kids healthy. We will discuss all that when we return.


KC Wilt : Okay, we are back with Dr. Bissonnette talking about the no panic guide to infant illnesses. Now, we talked about some of the illnesses but how, what are some of the myths about how babies catch these illnesses? I mean, we are all paranoid parents as it is so, you know, we keep our child quarantined but what are some ways that they can’t catch it? And what are some ways that they can? What are the most likely ways that they can contact these germs?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Well, most germs whether they are respiratory or Gastro-Intestinal are transferred by contact. Now, respiratory illnesses can be transmitted in an air bond fashion but not like one end of the house to the other.

KC Wilt : Okay.

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : So, for example, if you have a toddler and an infant in the same house and the toddler comes down with a respiratory illness it is generally best to keep them separated. But I have had parents who, for example, feel like they need to send the toddler off to the grandparent’s house to keep them completely out of contact, that’s really not true. You know, again if you don’t want the toddler coughing on the baby, sneezing on the baby, and kissing the baby when he or she has an illness. But it is not necessary to quarantine them somewhere outside of the house which is again a verdict commonly parents wanna do. The biggest issue again is contact and the best way to prevent the transmission of illness between different people on the household is hand washing. Hand washing, hand washing, hand washing over and over.

Owen Hemsath : How do you feel about these hand sanitizers versus the handwashing?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Alright, basically hand sanitizers are very good. They are not as good as scrupulous handwashing with soap and water but they are certainly a lot more convenient. And so in that regard, it is one of those things where you set a goal with compliance necessarily ahead of scrupulous preference. That is to say that I would rather have you use sanitizers and be able to do it frequently and appropriately rather than saying “Well, I am always gonna wash my hands” but forget to do so when I do not have the time.

Owen Hemsath : I find with my 4-year-old, he typically washes the soap off of his hands that’s like his goal when he washes hands. He puts the soap on and tries to get the soap off. Alright, whereas we have sanitizers all throughout the house for the sneezing and coughing and “Go use that one, go use that one and go used that one” And he is in the kind of habit in rinsing that off.

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Well, the kids kind of actually like sanitizers.

Owen Hemsath : Yeah.

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Yeah, it’s kind of like a game for them. When kids come into my office and I use the sanitizer, for example, they often want to have a squib too “so that’s it, rub your hands so keep rubbing, keep rubbing.” So they actually like it, it’s kind of game for them in a lot of ways as opposed to “Oh! Do I really have to go to sink and wash my hands?” you know, they like it. So, it’s actually compliance I would say a lot higher with a sanitizer as even though it may not be quite as efficacious, you know, something is better than nothing.

Angela Bailey : But it is nice to have on hand you know when you are at the zoo or just kneeling under something especially at that mouthy age of touching hands and mouth, teething and stuff to just quick clean and……

Mark Ranallo : Yeah, is all, all the hand sanitizers are safe knowing that kids put their hands in their mouth?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : No, actually the sanitizers all have some form of alcohol or denatured alcohol in them. They are not necessarily safe in the sense of ingestion but if you use them properly that is to say if you put it on like rub it off, you will have to rub until it’s dry you’re not gonna get enough in their mouth to actually cause any kind of harm. So, it’s something that you can use but again you want to, you want it preferentially use soap and water.

KC Wilt : I hear a future episode coming on.

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Yeah.

KC Wilt : Well, we talked about viral and bacterial infections. What’s the difference and how do we treat them?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Okay, viruses and bacteria are entirely different types of microorganisms. Viruses are much smaller and physically and genetically much simpler than bacteria but at the same time, they are also much harder for us to kill at least once they are in the body. Now, there are all sorts of disinfectants that can kill both the viruses and bacteria on surfaces outside of the body in at a culture. But once it is in the body it is much more difficult in the sense that we have quite a few types of medications and antibiotics so forth which can kill bacteria not so many for viruses, there are few and especially for some of the bigger viruses you know some of the more important viruses we have some……

KC Wilt : Like what viruses would you wanna kill?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Well, we have, it is not that we wouldn’t want to kill them which is that we can or cannot?

KC Wilt : We can.

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Exactly, we do have medications in particular for viruses such as herpes and chickenpox, acyclovir is the best known there but there is a whole family in that regard. They work well for rabies and chicken pox-associated viruses. We do have certain kinds of medications for actually influenza virus, Tama flu is probably the most famous one of those. We do have other types of medications which we can use for other viruses most commonly heard of those are you know intravenous that are used in hospitals for much, many serious types of infections. So, when it comes to treating viruses for the most part we don’t have a specific treatment that goes out and kills them. What we generally do is we treat the symptoms, give supportive care and your body fights off the virus on it’s own which usually runs the course in a given period of time. But it does make viruses more difficult, most of our vaccines, childhood vaccines are given toward viral types of illnesses to try and prevent those. Prevention is a much better form of treatment as opposed to the cure for viruses. For bacteria, they are what is amendable to antibiotic treatment although as most of you would have probably heard and a lot of people know these days, there are more and more resistant bacteria out there which has made antibiotic treatment more difficult. And the overuse of antibiotics in general especially over the last 30 or 40 years has resulted in more of these resistant bacteria. So, we are trying to limit the use of antibiotics as much as possible and basically the biggest goal there is not to use antibiotics in the case of a viral illness because it doesn’t do anything. Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses so if your kid has a cold, an antibiotic is not appropriate.

Angela Bailey : What are some of the names of some of the bacterial infections?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Well, there are a variety of different bacteria that can cause infections in a variety of parts of your body. And again the most important ones are actually the ones that we tried to cover with the childhood vaccines. The D-Tap vaccination for example, covers Diphtheria and Tetanus and Pertussis. Pertussis is a whooping cough. That is a very dangerous illness in children under a year of age and especially children under 6 months of age. So, Pertussis is one of them. One of the other vaccines we give commonly is HIB; the HIB vaccine stands Haemophilus Influenza Type B. And even though it has got the word influenza it is not related to the influence of viruses. It’s the most common cause of meningitis or brain infections in babies. It is also the most common cause of sinus infections, urine infections and Pneumonias. The Prevnar vaccine and the Pneumococcal vaccine is against a bacteria called Pneumococcus likewise, a common cause of similar types of infections to the flu in the sense of your infections meningitis and sinus infections and Pneumonias. Those are among the most common ones. There are other ones that are very serious which are thankfully much less common but the ones you are gonna run into are primarily in those categories.

KC Wilt : So, we are typically gonna run into more viral infections rather than bacterial infections with our kids?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : The vast majority of kid illnesses are viral.

KC Wilt : And you just gotta run its course.

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : For the most part, yes and not treating again with antibiotics in the case of a viral infection.

Owen Hemsath : One of the hardest things to do because my wife wants to ease the child, ease the child and, you know, I am more of the old school of view “Hey, it’s a virus, you know, what I mean let’s turn on loony toons and pop some popcorn you just let him ride it out.” But you know what I wanted to ask you about the staff because from what I understand it’s rare but it’s deadly and I have got a little crawler who you know I find it, he loves the driller water and there you know what I mean it’s a tough thing we shut the doors and the little one, the 4-year-old opens up and so, what can we do to prevent it and what are some indicators of?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Well, thankfully infants don’t generally encounter staph well, let me put this way, the staph you are referring to, the staph that people are most concerned about these days is called MRSA methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus- that’s a strain of staph bacteria. There are lot of different strains of staph bacteria. The most common strain is called staph epidermidis we all have it, it’s on our skin. It’s very common and it is almost always nonpathogenic meaning non-disease causing. We find it in culturea sometimes but usually, it’s a contaminant. The pathogenic form of staph is referred to as staph aureus. It is the one that causes actual illnesses and infections.

Mark Ranallo : So, the baby is not gonna get that from the corner of the bathroom floor?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : No.

Mark Ranallo : Okay.

KC Wilt : So, at what point in our child’s age are, is their immune strong we can go out in public and not fear every possible horrible disease and before that how do we keep them healthy until that point comes?

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : Basically the first 4 to 8 weeks of the infant's life are the highest risk as far as they are developing immune system goes. They do have a certain amount of protection resulting from the antibodies that they acquired from mom across the placenta and which is augmented by breastfeeding. But for most of those which are called passive immunities say the antibodies which they did not develop themselves, their immune system starts to become more active between 4 and 8 weeks of age in terms of starting to develop some of their own antibodies. We start giving again the child vaccines usually at around 2 months of age within particular some of them I was just referring to. And so basically the first 4 to 8 weeks are the highest risk in terms of developing their immune system. That is the period in which you need to be most vigilant about protecting them from outside exposures and really not taking them out in public. And different people have different recommendations in that regard my recommendation is you can take your kid outside as long as you are keeping them appropriately protected from the ailments usually after 2 to 4 weeks. But I don’t recommend having them around large groups of people for at least 6 to 8 weeks and by large groups of people, I mean, going to the movie theaters, to the restaurants, grocery stores, taking an airplane or a flight with an infant that young usually as they say partly is to help protect them because their immune systems are still developing and partly is because of our response to kids who get sick during that time frame. Children who are 4 to 6 weeks of age or less who develop an actual fever and fever is defined in an infant has 104 degrees or more who have no other visible signs of infection which lend us to say “Okay, this is what is causing the fever.” Children like that actually we wind up doing called antiseptic workout meaning we wind up getting them into the hospital we do cultures of their blood, ear and of their spinal fluid it’s called a Lombard puncture. And in order to evaluate where that fever is coming from, because they are at much more risk for serious infections which might otherwise be difficult to diagnose externally.

Angela Bailey : Yeah, people thought I was crazy I didn’t want any children around my daughter until she was about 8 weeks old. I had a note on my door “Thank You for stopping by, to the neighbors please go away for a couple more weeks.”

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : That was not crazy.

Angela Bailey : Yeah, everybody kind of made fun of me but…..

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : No, it’s not that you have to keep them isolated, it’s not that nobody can be around them basically I say screen them. Have you been sick lately? Have your kids been sick lately? Is your kid sick now? Wash your hands before you touch my baby, please you know I don’t care whether its grandma you know…..

Angela Bailey : Yeah.

KC Wilt : And that’s fine to ask people to wash their hands before they come in and I think people should be respectful if they are sick not visit a new mom and a new baby.

Owen Hemsath : If you are touching a doorknob to I mean that goes as “we have hand sanitizers and it’s an auto thing by our door.” Is that too much you know that how we work.

KC Wilt : No, that’s awesome.

Owen Hemsath : Alright.

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette : No, it’s perfectly fine the first 4 to 8 weeks are the highest level of risk because that’s when their immune system is really just starting to become active.

Owen Hemsath : Yeah.

KC Wilt : Thank you so much, this was a great show. Thanks to all of our listeners and Dr. Bissonnette for helping us to spot these common illnesses and infections in our babies. If you wanna learn more about Dr. Bissonnette and his services simply visit the episode page on our website and look for today’s topic, The No Panic Guide to Infant illness.
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KC Wilt : Before we wrap up today's show here are some great breastfeeding remedies for new parents.

Robin Kaplan : Hi, Parent Savers I am Robin Kaplan an international board-certified lactation consultant, owner of the San Diego breastfeeding center and the host and producer of Parent Savers sister’s show the Boob Group. I am here to offer some advice on different breastfeeding remedies such as how can I treat fresh and my baby on my breast? Oh! Those itching and burning nipples and breasts. It takes all of your will power to not walk up to the closest tree and rub your front side on it like a bear who will rub on a tree to get rid of these, that itching can feel insatiable. This is often the first sign that you have fresh which is a yeast infection on the Mucous membrane and your breast is one of those. So, how does one get fresh, well just like a vaginal used infection, sorry to dads who are listening to this segment. Fresh is caused by an overgrowth of yeast in your gut. Breastfeeding moms that they often find they get fresh after dose of antibiotics. This is because antibiotics kill not only the bad bacteria and your gut but also the good bacteria. Yeast loves when there is an absence of good bacteria in your gut so decided to multiply an aim for any Mucous membrane. Moms and babies who also have inflammation such as a food intolerance that limits the absorption of important nutrients or just temporarily dealing with the compromised immune system are also more susceptible to Fresh. And fresh doesn’t just affect the mom but babies can get fresh as well. When your bay has fresh he may have white cauliflower textured spots in his mouth along the gum line sometimes on the inside of his cheeks. He may also have a raging diaper rash. Babies with fresh may cry while breastfeeding because the milk actually stinks the source on their mouth. So, how does one get rid of fresh? There are few ideas that come to mind well this is definitely not an exhaustible list. First and foremost remove sugars including most fruits and fruit juices from your diet for about a week. Next consider starting a course of probiotics to help recolonize your gut and your baby's gut with good bacteria. I would recommend choosing a probiotic from the refrigerator in the herb section of a natural food store. Probiotics are alive and begin to die off when at room temperature so you don’t wanna purchase anything that is sitting on a shelf unrefrigerated. Also, you will wanna wash all of your bras and underwear’s in a distilled white vinegar rinse cycle and also soak anything that goes into your baby’s mouth like a bottle nipple in apple cider vinegar before washing it in soapy water. The vinegar should help kill off any of the yeast hanging out on these items. Lastly, definitely discuss the issue with your pediatrician and a lactation consultant. He or she may have other recommendations to help remedy the out-of-control yeast. For more and great information about breastfeeding, remedies check out my blog at And be sure to listen to Parent Savers and the Boob Group for fantastic conversations about breastfeeding and breastfeeding support.

KC Wilt : This wraps up today’s show. If you have a parenting topic you like to suggest we would love to hear it visit our website and send us an email through the contact link. If you have any questions for Dr. Bissonnette or on the show and the topics we discussed call our Parent Savers hotline and leave a message at 619-866-4775 and we will answer your question in an upcoming episode. Thanks for listening to Parent Savers “empowering new parents everywhere.”

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