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Doctor insights on: Why Baby Tongue Sticks Out After Feeding

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3 month infant suddenly sticking out tongue when trying to breast feed - refusing nipple. Cries when trying to feed bottle. He's on 2ml of ranitidine.?

3 month infant suddenly sticking out tongue when trying to breast feed - refusing nipple. Cries when trying to feed bottle. He's on 2ml of ranitidine.?

Need PCP evaluation: Not enough information for reason why ranitidine prescribed. Infant needs a thorough PE to evaluate problem. I suggest stopping the ranitidine to exclude possible side effects, unless aspiration following feeding has occurred. Many babies erp up a lot but grow normally. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

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


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What are those tiny white bumps on the tip of my tongue? Can I spread it to my infant?

What are those tiny white bumps on the tip of my tongue? Can I spread it to my infant?

Lie bumps: Commonly referred to as a lie bump, they are an inflammation of the small tastebuds on the tip of the t the tongue. It is relatively unknown why they occur. They are not contagious. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Will rubbing a pee-soaked diaper on an infant's face and/or tongue cure him of thrush and baby acne?

Will rubbing a pee-soaked diaper on an infant's face and/or tongue cure him of thrush and baby acne?

Not advisable: There is much folklore surrounding the use of urine as a cure-all, but little evidence of any benefit. Urine should be sterile and not cause disease, but there are much better treatments for both oral thrush and acne. Baby acne does not need treatment and will go away on its own. Benzoyl peroxide is far more effective for treatment of adult acne. ...Read more

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Infant black tongue. Tried nystatin, then swabbed for culture and tried fluconazole, no yeast on culture. Dr said iron stain? Doesn't get supplement.

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

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Is it normal for babies to blow bubbles from the mouth?

Is it normal for babies to blow bubbles from the mouth?

Human trick: Babies are orally focused, so if they identify how they did that cool thing and how to repeat it, they'll be self-amusing. Of course, when the grown ups all get goofy when they do it, we reinforce it further. ...Read more

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What are the tiny bumps on the inside of my infant's mouth?

What are the tiny bumps on the inside of my infant's mouth?

Epstein pearls: White spots appearing on the gums and the roof of the mouth (palate) are called epstein pearls. ...Read more

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The inside of my babies mouth and lips are white. Is this normal?  

The inside of my babies mouth and lips are white. Is this normal?  

May be thrush: Thrush is a whitish coating inside the mouth (on the tongue, inside cheeks, the gums, etc...) caused by an overgrowth of yeast (candida). Candida is normally in people's mouths, but in small amounts so is invisible. Thrush is non-urgent if a baby is behaving fine, but should be evaluated by a primary care doctor who can prescribe medication if needed (if no over-the-counter treatment available). ...Read more

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My infant baby opens her mouth while sleeping, what is wrong?

My infant baby opens her mouth while sleeping, what is wrong?

Probably nothing: Babies usually breathe through the nose except for when crying, but if her nose is clogged up, she will breathe through her mouth. Make sure the nasal passages are clear of mucous by using the salt water nose drops and a bulb syringe. If you baby is comfortable and doesn't sound congested, no treatment is needed. ...Read more

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What is a common hand, foot and mouth disease in babies?

What is a common hand, foot and mouth disease in babies?

Fever/spots/pain: Hfm is a viral gut infection. Some kids can have it & run a brief temperature & never show other symptoms. Some have fever, localized spots on their wrists & nothing else. Some have terrible mouth sores, spots on wrists/forearms/legs feet & around the bottom & have cramping & loose stools. So fever, loose stools &cramps, amount & location of blisters seem to be the main variables. ...Read more

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Why do babies always stick everything in their mouth? Also my son is almost two, is it normal for him to still be doing it?

Why do babies always stick everything in their mouth? Also my son is almost two, is it normal for him to still be doing it?

Of the 5 senses that: Allow us to explore & understand the world, what touches our lips/ mouths in a pleasurable, fulfilling way is one of the first. If that's so rewarding, why not try other things to see if they're as enjoyable? Developmentally, from 6 mos.-3 yrs is typical for mouthing objects. Insuring that access is limited to safe, clean objects too large to swallow or choke on is a parent's responsibility. ...Read more

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Does barley tea help kill bacteria in babies mouth?

Does barley tea help kill bacteria in babies mouth?

Don't think so...: I don't find any real evidence that this is true. And babies should not have harmful bacteria in their mouth anyway, so need to kill it. ...Read more

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Can babies breathe through their mouth if their nose is stopped up while asleep?

Can babies breathe through their mouth if their nose is stopped up while asleep?

Depends on age/posit: In the first 6m the neck is so short the baby must hold the head up & back to drop the jaw & mouth breathe. This is not a natural position so babies seldom sleep well. The growth of the neck by about 2-3 cm over that time allows the head to be neutral with the jaw open. In early infancy the nose must be clear to breathe without a struggle. ...Read more

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What happens if an infant accidentally gets a small amount of her own poop in her mouth? Do infants have e.coli in their feces?

What happens if an infant accidentally gets a small amount of her own poop in her mouth? Do infants have e.coli in their feces?

No problem: All people have E Coli in their feces but it is not a pathogen. An infant getting a small amount of her own stool in her mouth will suffer no consequences. ...Read more

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Infant (age 1yr 3 months) had fever. Now his mouth have started bleeding. Pls let me know the reasons and possible remedies for the same.

Infant (age 1yr 3 months) had fever. Now his mouth have started bleeding. Pls let me know the reasons and possible remedies for the same.

Probable viral infec: Fever with a small amount of bleeding from the mouth could be a viral infection like coxsackie. Small ulcers can be painful -- treat with increased fluids and tylenol (acetaminophen). Other cause could be gingivitis -- inflamed gums. Massage the gums gently and give fluids and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain. If lots of bleeding, your baby needs to be seen and evaluated! ...Read more

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I'm a healthcare worker and my snot dripped into my babies mouth. If MRSA were to be living I my nose what will happen to the baby? She's 7 weeks.

I'm a healthcare worker and my snot dripped into my babies mouth. If MRSA were to be living I my nose what will happen to the baby? She's 7 weeks.

Digestion is great: Chances are the enzymes in babies saliva will begin neutralizing the material and it will be destroyed by acid when it gets to the stomach. MRSA doesn't survive the transit into the distal GI tract. I would be more concerned if you dripped it into her nose. Plan to modify your practices when dealing with baby. Wash hands well and ware a mask if you think you might carry something home from work. ...Read more

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Is it safe for dogs to lick babies on the mouth my daughter in law allows their dog to lick their baby on the mouth. She says that it is safe. Please let me know if this is safe for the baby.

Is it safe for dogs to lick babies on the mouth my daughter in law allows their dog to lick their baby on the mouth. She says that it is safe. Please let me know if this is safe for the baby.

By: By asking this question on this forum, you already question the safety of your daugther-in-law's decisions, and therefore you have already answered your own question.

Dogs lick the floor, their hair, and even their private parts. I know I would not want to have that tongue anywhere near my mouth. At the very least it is unsanitary, and that is not good for the infant. ...Read more