Re: Gentian Violet ?
hi there. congratulations on your LO and welcome to the forum!
sorry to hear that you and your LO are battling thrush. you are definitely not alone. dd and i are at the end of our 4-month battle with thrush...and it seems like the only thing that worked for us is gentian violet. i got mines from safeway...be sure you get the 1% solution (not the 2% solution). safeway only had the 2% solution, but they were able to order the 1% solution for me. i called one day and ordered it and picked it up the next day. i paid less than $3 for a 1oz bottle. i am only applying it to dd's tongue as i no longer have signs of thrush on my nipples/areola.
you should also get a prescription from you OB for the all purpose nipple ointment (APNO). you need to find a pharmacy to make this ointment. i used this ointment...and took 2 rounds of diflucan.
things you should/can also do to fight thrush:
-wash your bras in hot water (you can add some vinegar to the wash)
-boil/sterilize nipples...if you are using bottles
-watch your sugar intake
Nystatin didn't work for dd...she was on 3 (maybe 4?!) rounds of it and the thrush didn't go away. our pedi then prescribed infant diflucan...that didn't work either. so he recommended gentian violet. i've applied it to her tongue 5 times and have noticed a big difference. here is more information about gentian violet.
the protocol to using gentian violet is:
"Use once a day for four to seven days. If pain is gone after four days, stop gentian violet. If better, but not gone after four days, continue for seven days. Stop after 7 days no matter what. If not better at all at four days, stop the gentian violet, continue with the ointment as below and call or email. Gentian violet comes as a 1% solution in water. It is also usually dissolved in 10% alcohol, as gentian violet is not soluble in pure water. This amount of alcohol is negligible, as the baby will only get a drop of gentian violet. Apparently some pharmacists will dissolve it in glycerine instead of alcohol, if you wish. 2% gentian violet should not be used."
hope this helps! good luck! post back if you have more questions!
Last edited by Aleina's_Mom; November 11th, 2006 at 12:57 AM.
Aleina... born on Mother's Day, May 14, 2006...7lbs 4oz, 21.6 inches
Lauryn Elle...January 26, 2008...7lbs 15oz, 20 inches