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Q&A: Is “yeast” the same thing as “thrush?”

Is "yeast the same thing as "thrush" or is there a difference?

Re: Is "yeast the same thing as "thrush" or is there a difference?

The Bump Expert

In my practice, thrush is one of the most frustrating issues for new moms to face primarily due to the coordination of healthcare practitioners needed to effectively treat thrush. Moms can have thrush. Babies can have thrush. Or both mom and baby can have thrush. Regardless of the scenario, both moms and babies should be treated simultaneously due to the fact that thrush can easily be spread back and forth between the mom's nipple and the baby's mouth. In fact, there have been many examples of thrush being spread through entire families as toddlers come in contact with items that have touched the baby's mouth. It is extremely stubborn but not impossible to eradicate, especially if caught early. Since both mom and baby should be treated together, it requires both the OB and pediatrician's practice to be on the same page for timely, appropriate, and effective treatment.