A 44-year-old female asked:
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why might my 4 year old have a blue ish tongue? occasional awake sneezing [1 2x/day], increased snoring overnite [no t&a], no pauses/gasping noted.

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Likely Normal: The tongue surface becomes gray before the older skin cells shed.Food & meds can stain the tongue.Examining the inside of the eyelid is a better reflection of blood oxygen if that is ? & pink means the brain is getting good o2. T&a and other lymph glands in the head/neck grow faster than the kid 0-8yr then stabalize. Snoring is a common transition stage that subsides by the teens in most.
Answered on Jan 13, 2013
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Dr. Paul Cohen
Dr. Paul Cohen commented
27 years experience Family Medicine
I agree that foodstuffs are the most common culprit in "blue" tongue syndrome. Sleep apnea can present as snoring in severly overweight children.
Dec 1, 2011
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Snoring not normal: Your 4 y/o should not be snoring. Despite no pausing or gasping... Hypopneas (partial breaths) are more likely in pediatric sleep apnea. I would start by getting an overnight sleep study. Let the results guide treatment: if mild osa... Nasal steroids may be helpful: moderate to severe apnea.. Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are indicated.
Answered on Dec 20, 2012
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Dr. Mike Deldar
23 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
He may have allergy: Leaky gut syndrome, he may have some food allergy.
Answered on Sep 26, 2013
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Cough/sneeze/spit: Only when they cough, sneeze or spit will they be contagious

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