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Baby Born With A Black Tongue
My daughter was born with a black mole on her tongue, she is now12 and it is faded in color & never complains about it, should I still get it checked?
HEMANGIOMA?: It is always safe to get the opinion of a doctor. ...Read more
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
I've been born with a broken blood vessel in my tongue (it looks like a black ball in it.) Could you please tell me what it exactly is?
Doubt your label: A broken blood vessel would scar and heal over time. An enlarged venous malformation might be possible. What would be more likely would be a collection of jumbled blood vessels called a hemangioma. All of these possibilities are evident to a trained observer on physical exam. Whether or not some procedure might be possible to remove it could be determined at that time. ...Read more
Genetic cause: There are genetic disorders that can result in such severe facial deformities. Trisomy 18 is one example These are extremely rare. ...Read more
I have streptococcus viridans in my mouth. I'm pregnant and due any day now. Can I kiss my baby when he's born with this bacteria in my mouth?
No problem: Strep viridans is considered a "commensal organism" which means it is a normal colonizer in our mouths. It is not a pathogen in it's normal location, and it only becomes a problem when people who have heart valve problems have dental work. Kiss your baby to your heart's content! And congratulations :). ...Read more
Bifid tongue: Yes, it's called a bifid tongue.Get a more detailed answer ›
Sporadic event: The front 2/3 of the tongue is formed from 2 lateral swellings in the floor of the developing mouth around 4 weeks into fetal life. The lateral swellings grow toward each other & join from back to front. Incomplete joining leaves a variable cleft. A similar process causes a cleft lip or palate. Most are sporatic with slight genetic influence. It is occasionally seen with named syndromes. ...Read more
Geographic Tongue: Geographic tongue is a harmless condition affecting the surface of your tongue. The tongue is normally covered with tiny, pinkish-white bumps (papillae). With geographic tongue, patches on the surface of the tongue are missing papillae and appear as smooth, red "islands, " often with slightly raised borders. This condition can run in families and is thus genetic. ...Read more
I get thrush on my tongue if I haven't brushed my teeth yet or if I haven't eaten in while. My mom says I was born with it. What is it and can I fix it?
Thrush?: Thrush is a fungal infection and not related to eating or not eating. One is not born with it. You might have a coated tongue, lichen planus, or somethng else. For now, start to use a tongue scraper once a day and see if that can solve the problem. You also need to see a dentist to have it evaluated for a proper diagnosis and treatment if necessary. ...Read more
Infant black tongue. Tried nystatin, then swabbed for culture and tried fluconazole, no yeast on culture. Dr said iron stain? Doesn't get supplement.
Prob okay, but...: Hairy black tongue can occur in infants because of infection or failure of the tongue papillae (bumps) to properly shed their cells like it should. It is important to distinguish if the black could be melanin, since that might indicated a skin disorder. Black 'spots' can also be a sign of a genetic condition, so it is important to have this evaluated further, likely with biopsy. ...Read more
Why not?: Gastroschisis involves a large defect in abdominal wall in newborn, however, it seldom is associated with major abnormality in other organ. ...Read more
Few: Generally 99% do not as most heal. ...Read more
NMS: I thought I would make some suggestions since your question has not been answered by anyone else. This is not my specialty but I can think of congenital abnormality of the vocal cord or brain damage during delivery as potential causes- fortunately rarely. What did your doctor tell you? ...Read more
See below: Cutaneous mastocytosis characterized by accumulation of mast cells in the skin includes mastocytoma, urticaria pimentosa, and bullous mastocytosis mimicking recurrent impetigo. Accumulation of mast cells in other organs of the body results in systemic mastocytosis often seen in adults. ...Read more
Many reasons.: Genetic, environmental, drug teratogenicity, accidental factors all can cause birth defects. 2-4% of all liveborns in the us have a major or minor anomaly at birth. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily starting at least 3-12 months before conception to prevent >90% of open neural tube defects and >75% of cardiac defects! ...Read more
Yes: If the mother develops chickenpox in in the final week of pregnancy or labor, the infant can be born with chickenpox and may suffer a fatal outcome. (treatment is available) mothers who had chickenpox as a child or received a vaccination, will provide the fetus with protection and partial immunity for months. Chickenpox acquired at a few months of age is less worrisome. ...Read more
See below:: 1 % of pregnant women have too much amniotic fluid. In some women, fluid builds up slowly or quickly. This can happen at 16 weeks of pregnancy, and it usually causes very early birth. What problems can polyhydramnios cause? Polyhydramnios may increase the risk of these problems during pregnancy: prematurity, abruption, prom, stillbirth, post part. Hemorrhage & fetal malposition. ...Read more
Why is sirenomelia (mermaid syndrome) fatal? Virtually all babies born with it die within hours of birth. Why is this?
What health problems are most likely to affect babies born with a lower birth mass? How can a couple prepare for such a baby?
Low birth weight babies often don't have fully developed immunity protection against the stresses of life. I found this article to be very helpful in addressing the multiple issues surrounding this topic. Good luck to the expectant couple!
http://www. Marchofdimes. Org/baby/low-birthweight. Aspx ...Read more
Are all babies born with ADHD features, and only those who don't outgrow it become diagnosed as adhd?
No: Adhd, add, tourette and various degrees of behavior are all abnormally acquired. My hard won experience in practice over 54 years has proved to me that the all too common standard american diet (sad) and the free use of sugar, pop, ice cream etc. Is a major cause affecting millions of our children. Add to that industrial pollution and you have a nightmare situation. ...Read more
Never seen it: In more than 3 decades of pediatric practice I have never seen or heard of a kid born with a full set of teeth. In that time I have had 4-5 born with 1 or 2. ...Read more
Poor oxygenation.: The nature of tof causes chronically poor oxygen concentration in affected children and this can decrease growth. The effect of serial surgeries and the occasionally syndromic nature of this anomaly (down, digeorge, alagille, phenylketonuria syndromes) account for other cases of failure to thrive. ...Read more
2--3%, up to 7%: The usual quoted rate is as low as 2-3%. However in one prospective study of the outcome of 5, 964 pregnancies the incidence rose to 7%! the cause of 40-60% of congenital anomalies in humans is unknown. These are referred to as sporadic, a term that implies an unknown cause, random occurrence regardless of maternal living conditions. ...Read more