Oral candidal flora in healthy infants
Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
Volume 24, Issue 8, pages 361–364, September 1995
How to Cite
Darwazeh, A. M. G. and Al-Bashir, A. (1995), Oral candidal flora in healthy infants. Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine, 24: 361–364. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0714.1995.tb01200.x
- Issue published online: 28 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
- Accepted for publication March 1, 1995
- Candida albicans;
- mouth disease.
Asymptomatic oral candidal carriage has been extensively studied in adults, but only rarely in infants. The present investigation aimed to determine the asymptomatic oral carriage of candidal species in healthy infants and its relationship to age, sex, feeding pattern and use of a pacifier. The swab technique was used for oral candidal isolation. Candidal species were isolated from 48% of the infants without a significant relationship to age, gender or between breast-fed or bottle-fed infants. Similarly, a history of maternal vaginal candidosis, or presence of nappy rash, had no significant relationship to oral candidal carriage. Infants who routinely sucked a pacifier had a significantly higher rate of oral candidal carriage, suggesting a reservoir of infection.