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Your baby's mouth is checked for redness, white spots or a white coating, which does not disappear between feeds. This may be a sign of thrush and can be avoided by good hygiene. Always wash your hands before preparing bottles and after changing your baby's nappy. If your baby is sucking on a bottle teat or dummy, wash these carefully and sterilise them before use. Never put the dummy into your own mouth then into your baby's mouth. If your baby does develop thrush it maybe necessary to treat with medicine prescribed by your GP. If you are breastfeeding you may also need treatment as thrush can affect the breast causing pain.