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Green Spot On Baby Tongue
I've just noticed some patches of sore spots on my 1 year old babies tongue, what could it be and should I be worried?
Spots: Please see your pediatric dentist or pediatrician. Without a description of the spots (color size) it is hard to say. The most common in children is thrush and is easily treated. Be sure all the toys are clean especially toys that enter the mouth and again please see your health care professional. ...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
My infant and toddler both have hand foot & mouth. Are they still contagious once the spots appear? Also my infant is 9mths old. Dangerous or ok?
Hand Foot and Mouth: Hand, foot, and mouth disease is usually not serious. The illness is typically mild, and nearly all patients recover in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. Complications are uncommon except for dehydration. Hand foot and mouth is contagious roughly for a few days before the symptoms appear untill they start to feel better and the spots and ulcers have healed over, so usually about 7 to 10 days. ...Read more
Black Tongue: Black tongue can be an overgrowth of the little hairy papillae on the tongue and isn't harmful. You can scrub the spot with a soft baby toothbrush twice daily & it should go away. (also, think if you have given anything that could stain the tongue--iron drops, pepto bismal, metal teether). ...Read more
Doubt it: Usually a burn will have a black or read appearance depending on when and how the burn occurred....I have 2 little ones could they have put something in their mouth? (marker, toy, etc.?) if you know for that the mark has been there at least 2 weeks have it looked at by a dental professional. ...Read more
My tongue is green with red spots towards the back and a single large spot running down the middle and my throat hurts. What's going on?
Tongue hygiene: Often the tongue will gain coloration from recently ingested foods. Try gently brushing the top of your tongue or use a tongue scraper to see if the color pattern is persistent. If it is, have it evaluated. ...Read more
Normal pigmentation?: How long have the bumps been there? Did they suddenly pop up? If so, could be an infection...See the dentist. If they have been there since birth, probably just normal pigmentation and nothing to worry about. ...Read more
See physician: It may be a number of things... Without seeing your baby it is hard to help. ...Read more
White on tongue: It could be milk, especially if a powdered formula is used. However if it does not scrape or wipe away with a wet cloth. Then it could be thrush, a yeast infection in the mouth. Look at her gums too and inner cheeks it can spread. The doctor will give you some yummy drops for her mouth to kill the fungus. ...Read more
My baby is 11 weeks old and I have noticed he has black spots on side of his tongue he's is also teething could this have an effect?
Could be...: There are a few things it could be. Has you baby recently has antibiotics? Thrush is a yeast growth that can appear in the mouth from antibiotics or poor nutrition and can look almost like cottage cheese. Geographic tongue is harmless patches that are white and flaky. You should have a pediatrician check your baby to diagnose the cause. ...Read more
My baby is 21 months and has a couple of little white spots on the end of his tongue. Are they ulcers or sores of some kind?
Couple of causes: There are a couple of causes for white spots on the tongue. A common one at that age would be bite marks from his incisors. At 21 months, he is old to have thrush, unless he was recently on an antibiotic. Some viral infections may cause similar lesions. If they act like they bother him, are worsening, or have been there for a long time, I would suggest seeing his pediatrician. ...Read more
My 2 year old child has several tiny white spots on the tongue and all over the throat. What are they?
Possible "thrush": On the surface, it sounds like thrush, a yeast infection in the mouth. Yeast lives normally on body surfaces but multiplies in warm, moist areas. It's common in infants but less common in toddlers, so I suggest seeing his/her doctor to make sure that's what it is. Recent antibiotics recently it can make it more likely; there are other less common medical reasons; if it is yeast there is treatment. ...Read more
My 11 month old baby have 2 red spots on the tongue! What does it mean! I done blood test and strep test and everything is ok exept high leukocytes?
Viral: If you have been seen by a pediatrician to know that the leukocytes are elevated, that doctor should have explained that the chances are this is a viral infection that will pass on its own. But call the doctor back and ask for more information and a diagnosis. ...Read more
10 month old baby boy has white coated tongue (not spots) and bad breath. From what I read, probably not thrush, what else could it be?
Could Be Thrush: Frequently, thrush has a white coating over the tongue and if you wipe the tongue gently with a gauze, the classic red "spots" will show up. Either way, you need to have your son evaluated to determine what is causing this. Either a dentist or pediatrician can help you. ...Read more
My throat is really sore. Half my tongue is green with slight red spots all over my tongue. What could this be?
My baby has chicken pox and her tongue and mouth are full of spots! She can't feed, sleep and cries a lot! Is there a treatment for her mouth?
Benadryl/Maalox: Mix equal parts of liquid Benadryl and maalox. Then take a q-tip and paint the mixture on to the sore areas. You can also give oral tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for pain relief. You don't mention age, but if old enough (like past 8 months) can let her lick on a popsicle for relief. Do not use any products containing aspirin. And people out there - ge your varicella vaccine on time so babies don't catch it! ...Read more
Pale green tongue towards back of throat no whites spots or bumps no trouble swallowing or any thing what could it be no sore throat?
Dry spot?: I don't see how it could be dry under your tongue. Regardless, whatever it is that you are referring to should be seen by your dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more
Strange colors: Many times when you get a burn either from food, trauma, or dental treatment i.e. Laser treatment the initial appearance is black. Then it goes through a number of colors through healing including grey, purple, sometimes even red if it is irritated during the healing phase which is relatively common. Follow up with your dentist if the appearance does not start to normalize after 2 weeks. ...Read more
May be not:
Purple spot on tongue is harmless in most cases. It can be developmental, staining due to some dye, tongue piercing or because of injury while biting.
if it is persisting for more than a month, please visit a dentist ...Read more
Many: Black spots on tongue may be caused by the natural pigmentation of the tongue, but it can also be a warning sign that you are developing a more serious condition such as hairy tongue. I would visit your dentist to have this checked. ...Read more
A "blood spot" on the tongue could be a petechia which can be caused by some medications or by injury (biting) it is an accumulation of blood.
If this spot is under the tongue it could be a varicose vein (the return blood flow is prevented and the vein accumulate blood). ...Read more
Probably Not: It is most likely normal, but see your dentist to be sure. ...Read more
See your dentist: There are many economical and painless tests to determine if the spot under your tongue needs treatment. If you need treatment, the sooner you go the easier treatment will be. ...Read more
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