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News from Baby Medical Q&A, Issue #064
January 01, 2012

New Questions and Answers

Question: My 3 month old daughter has thrush on her tongue and I have been treating her with Nilstat or Nilstatin drops for 5 weeks now and have gone through 5 bottles of the stuff. The thrush is still on her tongue, are there any other things that you can suggest I use or do? And is it safe for me to continue dosing her with the Nilstat. Thanks and look forward to your response.

Answer:I would be surprised that Nilstat has not treated thrush in the mouth. It makes me wonder if something else is going on.

If your baby is growing well then probably everything is alright. However, it is probably worthwhile seeing your doctor again so

  • he/she can check that what you think is thrush is actually thrush
  • he/she can check there are no signs of problems with your baby's immunity
  • if it is thrush, perhaps a new treatment like fluconazole would be appropriate


  • Question: Is it normal for a 14 month old girl to been constantly drinking down her cups to empty and filling her diapers every hour ? Could something be wrong?

    Answer:Toddlers often drink a lot and then get diarrhea. This is toddler diarrhea - click here. If your daughter is growing well, I wouldn't be too concerned.

    If your daughter seems very thirsty and is passing a lot of urine, then a check of the urine to make sure it doesn't have sugar (as would be seen in diabetes) would be a good idea - see your doctor for this test.


    Question: My 3 month old baby coughs now and then, she does not have the cold, and sticks out her tongue. She is 3 months. is this ok

    Answer: Babies can occasionally cough. This is more common if they are exposed to tobacco smoke, which is why we advise that babies do not come into contact with tobacco smoke.

    If your baby does not have signs of respiratory distress (click here) then I wouldn't worry at this stage.

    Poking out the tongue is a normal baby thing to do.


    Question:4 month old uses arms and hands but when picked up he put arms straight behind back

    Answer: If your baby can use his arms then I wouldn't be too concerned about when he's picked up, especially if he can hold a rattle. If you do have concerns that he doesn't use his arms equally, then see your doctor sooner rather than later.


    News and Updates

    Xylitol chewing gum can prevent ear infectionsA new study has concluded that xylitol chewing gum can prevent ear infections, as stated on the ear infection page on this site. It's something easy you can do if your child suffers from glue ear (otitis media with effusion) - for more information, click here.
    Reference:Azarpazhoo A, et al "Xylitol for preventing acute otitis media in children up to 12 years of age" Cochrane Rev 2011; DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007095.pub2.

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