Wednesday, October 04, 2006

So late at night, it is difficult to hold the feeding tube up for 15+ minutes. The correct answer? Build a tool! It works, it helps, it is not pretty, but it works.

Notice his lips are, well, purple? No, he is not turning Violet a-k-a Violet Beauregaurd , no, we are trying another thrush remedy

Gentian Violet:

Because traditional medications to treat thrush/yeast, such as Nystatin, often do not work, Gentian Violet is regaining popularity again among practitioners. It has been around for many years and is known to be an extremely effective yeast fighter. It can be purchased at the local pharmacy but calling ahead is advised as some pharmacies do not carry it. Gentian Violet can be used on the nipple area by painting the nipples and areolae once a day at night. As with the Nystatin care should be taken not to dip the same cotton swab back in the bottle after painting the nipple area. A clean swab should be used each time or a few drops poured out of the bottle into a cup and any leftovers discarded after that application. Very little is needed as it spreads quickly.

Gentian Violet may also be used to paint the baby's mouth. The entire mouth - inside of lips, roof of mouth, sides of cheeks, tongue, etc. - should be painted with a clean swab once a day. The baby should then be turned over onto his stomach to lessen the amount that is swallowed.

Some mothers have been told that Gentian Violet is dangerous due to its alcohol content and should not be used by nursing mothers. Please understand that the amount of alcohol in the Gentian Violet is insignificant and thus the amount the baby ingests will also be insignificant. The contents of the bottle may be diluted with 50% water if there is still concern.

Gentian Violet should be used for 4 days. If symptoms have improved but not completely, application can continue for another 3 days. It should not be used longer than one week. If there is a need to continue with it after one week of treatment, a break of a few days should be taken before resuming its use. If symptoms are no better or in fact worse after 4 days of treatment with Gentian Violet follow-up should be made with a lactation consultant.

Old clothing should be worn when treating with Gentian Violet as it temporarily stains everything it comes in contact with purple. Many mothers need to be prepared for the site of the baby's mouth. It will be bright purple. It helps to know that this does fade and rather quickly. For tips on preventing or lessening and cleaning Gentian Violet stains see our information page

Removing Gentian Violet stains:

# Gentian Violet will rub off counters and skin with rubbing alcohol, if used immediately.

# Spray stained fabric with aerosol hair spray; then wash normally.

# One mom reported having good luck with ZOUT stain remover, even after the stains were dry. Another used Didi 7 with similar results. Any item that can be safely bleached with chlorine bleach should come clean.

# A cotton swab/ball with vodka can get stains off baby's face. Rinse vodka off immediately after cleaning stain. Rubbing alcohol will work on baby's face. too. One mom reported that baby wipes worked pretty well, too (she used Huggies Supreme Natural Care Unscented wipes).

Hey Charles, I thought you said you weren't going to let your kid go goth! :)

I tried GV with my first baby and it didn't work. I know several aother people who it didn't work for. I think it's a crummy idea afterall and wouldn't use it on another baby ... they grow out of the yeast pretty quickly anyhow ...
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