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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?
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Dr. Mark Patterson
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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