Oral thrush - babies - Symptoms 

Symptoms of oral thrush in babies 

Symptoms of oral thrush can include one or more white spots or patches in and around the baby's mouth.

These may look yellow or cream-coloured, like curd or cottage cheese. They can also join together to make larger plaques.

You may see patches:

  • on your baby's gums
  • on the roof of their mouth (palate)
  • inside their cheeks

You can easily rub the patches off. The tissue underneath will be red and raw. It may also bleed a little.

The patches may not seem to bother your baby. But if they are sore, your baby may be reluctant to feed.

Other symptoms

Other signs and symptoms of oral thrush in babies are:

  • a whitish sheen to their saliva
  • fussiness at the breast (keeps detaching from the breast)
  • refusing the breast
  • clicking sounds during feeding
  • poor weight gain
  • nappy rash

Some babies may dribble more saliva than normal if they have an oral thrush infection.

Many cases of thrush clear up without needing treatment. However, if these symptoms are particularly troublesome or persistent, ask your health visitor for advice or speak to your GP. 

Read more about treating oral thrush.

If there is any doubt about the diagnosis your GP can take a swab from your baby's mouth and send it to a lab to be tested.

Page last reviewed: 20/04/2012

Next review due: 20/04/2014

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