Grapefruit seed extract is a supplement created from the pulp and the seeds of grapefruit. The extract is bottled as a liquid or available in pill form at health food stores and drug stores. Grapefruit seed extract liquid has a very bitter taste. Medically, grapefruit seed extract is taken as an alternative to antibiotics. Grapefruit seed extract also has anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties.
In children, grapefruit seed extract is used as a natural remedy by alternative medical practitioners to treat yeast infections such as thrush. Most mainstream medical doctors choose prescription anti-fungal medications to treat thrush. Thrush is a yeast infection that occurs in the mouths of breastfeeding infants. If your child has white patches inside of her mouth, especially on her cheeks and tongue, she may have thrush.
Pediatrician Jay Gordon recommends giving your infant a very small dose of grapefruit seed extract to treat thrush. Mix 10 drops of liquid grapefruit seed extract with 1 ounce of water. Dip a cotton swab in the mixture and wipe it on the inside of your child’s mouth once every hour while your baby is awake. <br /><br />If your child suffers from a diaper rash caused by yeast, you can put the diluted grapefruit seed extract mixture in a spray bottle and spray it on your baby’s bottom at each diaper change.