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A 30-year-old female asked about a male:

My son who is 4 has an orange tongue to the back of his tongue. we brush his teeth regularly and he's not on any meds.what is going on?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nadia Ghattas
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Cough: Not every cough & low gr fevers needs antibiotics, try mucinex or Robitussin expectorant, saline nasal spray can clear the nose, sooth the throat & calm the cough , keep him hydrated, give tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen if febrile & watch him if problem persisted or got worse, if he has any trouble breathing have him checked by his pediatrician right away or go to E R . I hope he feels better soon.
Dr. Nadia Ghattas
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Provided original answer
This answer was meant for a different question about a boy with cough & a low grade fever. Sorry about that.
Jun 27, 2015
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Dentistry 38 years experience
Tongue scraper: Try a tongue scraper to remove the bacteria on his tongue in addition to flossing his teeth.
Dr. Nadia Ghattas
Pediatrics 48 years experience
My previous response was meant for a different question about a boy with cough & low grade fever. I just want to ask if he eats a lot of baby food that includes carrots, sweet potatoes & squash, they tend to stain mucus membranes & skin with a hint orange color, so cutting down on these food items might help. Sorry about the mix up.
Jun 27, 2015
Dr. Robert Douglas
Orthodontics 51 years experience
Brush His Tongue: sounds like color from food he ate. Try brushing his tongue with a soft brush or clean with a clean washcloth wrapped around your finger. If the color persists, see your pediatric dentist.

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