anybody's baby have a white tounge?

Crystal Lynn - posted on 04/05/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )

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my son's tounge is white, it looks like his milk is stuck on it or something, i tried to wipe it off with a wash cloth but can't get it. i heard something called thrush makes this happen too. how do i know if its that or not? he isnt cranky or nothing like that, just the white tounge.

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Kim - posted on 08/09/2011

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both my children had a white tongue, my son had a white tongue and I thought it was just milk but I couldn't get it off and then realise that it was thrush, my daughter got white spots on her tongue and when I seen it I knew it was thrush

Jayde - posted on 04/12/2010

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my daughter is 3 mths old and had a white tongue for a while and still gets it occasionally. Its called milk tongue. It is only thrush if it is on the inside of the cheeks and if u can scratch it off with ur nail and it is red underneath thats what my doc told me and also if it is not bothering them. It eventually dissapears after a while or gets lighter. My daughter had it from day dot when my milk came in and i thought it was thrush but its thrush if it is on their cheeks inside. hope that helps good luck

Tiffany - posted on 04/18/2010

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My son had that and it ended up being Thrush. You will know its thrush if it spreads to his cheeks, and on his bottom lip. If it has spread then bring him to the drs because he will need to get put on medicine! Good luck!!!

Julie - posted on 04/14/2010

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My daughter is 3 months old and I breastfeed she also had white stuff on her tongue...my health visitor said that if after an hour of being fed the tongue was still as white as before the feed then it's probably thrush, I was given Nystatin and Daktarin for my daughter. you also have to be careful if your breastfeeding that you don't get thrush yourself, keep an eye out for sore nipples and/or shooting pains in your breast :D either way it's very common and nothing to worry too much about :D

Krystal - posted on 04/12/2010

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my baby girl had that on the back of her tounge and the sides of her mouth. i was told that it is thrust...a yeast infection indie the mouth..its painless but needed antibiotics to make it go away, after a $12 bottle she was fine:) i would get it looked at

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Deirdre - posted on 04/19/2010

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It's always best to check with your pediatrician; but my daughter had a splotchy white tongue when she was an infant - our pediatrician called it "geographic tongue"; it has something to do with her tastebuds adjusting or something like that and can go on for two or more years. It has cleared up (she is now 4). But I'd see what the pediatrician has to say.

Lara - posted on 04/18/2010

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yes mine had that - it is oral thrush go to the chemist - you must start treatment immeditely. i used dactarin oral jel and you need something for your nipples.

Carolyn - posted on 04/14/2010

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thanks i will have to go and get it cause its just refusing to go away and his dr wont listen to me she just says keep giving the medicine to him why when it wont work

Rachel - posted on 04/13/2010

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My son's tongue was always white too. I was constantly afraid that it was thrush, but it wasn't. After he was switched to soy formula it's not white anymore.

Victoria - posted on 04/13/2010

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my baby got trush at 2 weeks old from sucking on his daddys fingers. its a yeast infection of the mouth and it can spread to their bottoms. it'd be a good idea to get him checked for it. there is alot of childrn getting it right now and you can get it from just about anything that hasn't been cleaned or sterilized properly. if you look in his mouth on it the inside of his lip it will look like tiny kanker sores all along his lip.

Chloe - posted on 04/13/2010

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my boy had that when he was a few weeks old..i did the same and tried rubbing it off as i thought it was milk but this didnt work, i then took him to the doctors and as he was asleep they didnt look in his mouth they just asked me if it was there all the time and i said yes so the gave me some thrush medicine. it wont hurt to get it checked if you are worried about this. thrush did not cause my boy to be any different then usuall, however, if it gets too bad they will find it difficult to swallow after time...hope this helps :D

Akosua - posted on 04/13/2010

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I though my baby had that also but the doctor told me to look in his mouth and if you can see white stuff on the sides of the insides of his mouth than he has thrush but if not it could be from feeding so often, I would call the doctor also to see what they say to be on the safe side....do you breast or bottle feed?

Brittany - posted on 04/12/2010

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my son had thrush; same thing i didnt know i took him into the dctors and they will give you a prescription for nystatin; its just a sticky liquid you rub on the infected area.

Chelsea - posted on 04/12/2010

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This is common among infants and on my baby's first month check up the doc said that the "tounge" is okay but if you notice it on the babies gums and checks then most likely it's thrush. Hope this helps!

Andria - posted on 04/12/2010

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Its most likely thrush, aka a yeast infection in his mouth. My daughter had it and it is nothing you have done wrong. It is plain bad luck is what the doctor said. She prescribed a topical medicine and it went away with in a week! hope that helps!

Caz - posted on 04/11/2010

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My daughter had thrush when she was 2 weeks old. The health nurse told me to buy Daktarin and it cleared it up within a few days, she hasn't had it since and she's 11 weeks old. If ur bottle feeding, just make sure you wash every part of the bottle in warm soapy water and then sterilise it all.

Melissa - posted on 04/11/2010

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It is possible that it could be thrush. My son had that for a while, and it soon there after became painful to nurse him. Turned out to be a case of thrush. It's a pretty common things for babies to get (and moms too).

Angel - posted on 04/10/2010

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if the white spreads to the sides of his mouth and the inside of his lips then its thrush, which is caused by yeast. if it does not spread then its normal and will eventually go away. but if it does spread, keep on the look out for red on his bottom and keep A&D on his bottom, this means that the yeast has went through his system and his causing a diaper rash.

Michelle - posted on 04/10/2010

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this is in response to Carolyn, my daughter has had it since she was a month old too, i just found out a couple weeks ago what it was, i just thought it was a milk stain because thats what everyone was telling me, i used the stuff the doctor told me to use and it didnt work somy aunt said she used this stuff call Gentian Violet my cousins thrush was gone in 3 days, my daughter tongue was so bad it looked like there was mould on it, ive been using it for almost 4 days now and its almost all gone, you can just go to the pharmacy and talk to the pharmacist and they will give it to you it cost me maybe $6. but just to let you know it makes their tongue and lips purple but fades away a little more after they eat, and it WILL stain clothes so use a bib. hope it works for you too.

Lauren - posted on 04/09/2010

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My son has a white tongue. It just his milk making it that way. Yo don't have to worry about thrush until there's redness and irritation around the white.

Alice - posted on 04/09/2010

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my baby had a little white covering on his tounge which got thicker and then spread into his cheeks. It was thrush and he as being breast fed too!. I put Nistat on it for about a week an it went away,He has not had any problems since. It does not hurt them or bother them but it should be treated asap.

Carolyn - posted on 04/09/2010

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its thrush my son has had it since he was a month old and he is going on 3 now the medicine his dr gave him won't get rid of it and she won't prescribe anything else which ticks me off but hope your baby gets over it quick.

Michael - posted on 04/09/2010

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it's normal. it's just from eating. and since they don't have teeth, i wouldn't be worried about trying to wash it off.

Licelle - posted on 04/08/2010

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My little girl had the white tongue for ages and it went away naturally.I had tried wiping the white off with a muslim cloth with no success. My paediatrician told me that thrush will look more like a little mushroom on each tongue nodule from the infection and it will spread to cheeks and roof of mouth. If in doubt, get it checked out for peace of mind.

Joanna - posted on 04/08/2010

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my son had the same thing and I also thought it was thrush but the doctor said it was just the milk and its now getting better thrush is usualy all over the mouth not just on the toung

Savanah - posted on 04/08/2010

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thrush is normally all over the mouth. my son had it when he was a month old and it was on his gums and cheeks and tounge and the roof of his mouth

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Angelique's (my little girl) tongue was also white like that and i took her to the doctor. het said to get DAKTARIN oral gel.

it worked perfectly and she never had the problem again. just don't use the gel for more than 2 or 3 times a day

Sarah - posted on 04/08/2010

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If you wipe his mouth with a cloth, his cheeks, roof and tongue and the white don't come off easily could be thrush if it comes of really easy it's milk. that is how the ER Dr. told me you can tell if it is Thrush or just milk build up.

Nikki - posted on 04/07/2010

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We had the same with our son, it was thrush. it caused no pain and no discomfort. my Dr prescribed Nilstat for him and after 10 days it was completely gone and has not come back. Get it checked out only way to be sure and the Dr wont think your silly for coming in.

Kim - posted on 04/07/2010

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sounds like trush, must see dr. to get rid of it. it will spread and it will get painfull.

Michelle - posted on 04/07/2010

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my daughter has thrush and its the white tongue, go to the phamacy and ask for gentian violet, use a q-tip and put it on his tongue twice a day and it should be gone in about 3 days, but be careful with what his mouth touches for a couple minutes because it stains their mouth and it will stain clothes. good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 04/06/2010

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Yes, mine did at about 7 weeks..the whiteness just got thicker looking, then I notices some white spots on the top of his mouth and on the inside of his cheeks. I took him to the Dr and turns out he had thrush. They gave me antibiotics for him and it cleared up in about a week. Usually, they will stick out their tongue more if it's thrush and cry a little during the feedings.

Alycia - posted on 04/06/2010

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If his toung is white he has thrush (a yeast infection in the mouth) Connor had thrush when was about 2 weeks old. You need to speak to your Dr and get medication.
Thrush dosen't make the baby cranky usually, although it can and sometime give them fevers. Usually the white tounge/cheeks are the only visible symptom.

Emily - posted on 04/06/2010

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my son had the same probem he had thrush, and it wouldn't go away, but to come find out he needed his frenulem clipped under his tongue so he could stretch out his tongue better to get the milk of the back part of his tongue when he swallows. Every since then, the thrush hasn't come back.

Crystal Lynn - posted on 04/06/2010

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thanks. i dont breast feed but i called his doctor yesterday and she called in a medication for him. im still confused about how u know if its thrush or just milk because the dr didnt ask any questions just oh his tounge's white, thats thrush. but i guess.

Lisa - posted on 04/05/2010

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have a look on the roof of his mouth, if its white too then probably thrush. my babe has white tounge too, very normal.

Erin - posted on 04/05/2010

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both my kids had white on their tounges when they were babies which turned out to be thrust. i was told by my doctor and home nurse that if the white didnt wash of with water then it was thrust. you get medication called nilstat from the chemist and u give it to them for a few days and it goes away. niether of mine where bothered by it at all/

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my daughter is 3 months and shes always had a white tounge its just the milk hun, you dont need to rub it off it will go on its own once on solids its like when you suck a black current lolly and get a purple tounge baby will be uncomfy if its trush i wouldnt worry x

Sarah - posted on 04/05/2010

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Yes My son had the same thing and if It does not come off easily with a cloth then it could be Thrush. I did not know what it was either untill I took him to the E.R. when they tried to scrape it off it would not come off. Very Easy they give him an antibiotic that you rub on there tongue and cheeks and it iwll go away.



Were you Breastfeeding? or did you have to take any antibiotic for any reason while breastfeeding? That is what happened to me. Thrush is just a yeast infection of the mouth and alot of babies get this according to the e.r. Dr.



My son was not fussy about it either but was choking alot but he had Thrush on his tongue, cheeks and throat. Yet was not fussy. I was told it was from the antibiotics or because babies don't have the ability to break down the milk in the mouth and warm milk can cause the yeast infections, as can if a breastfeeding mother was on an antibiotic that can cause her to get a yeast infection.







Well I hope this helped and I hope he will be good soon. My Prayers with you.

Myra - posted on 04/05/2010

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Both of mine have/had the white tongue thing. Chances are, it is just the milk stuck to the tongue. However, if there's a smell that is not similar to milk or formula, it might be a good idea to take him to the doctor because it could be thrush. The milk smell could be anything from what it smells like just out of the nipple to milk that has begun to spoil...another smell than that, it probably isn't milk on the tongue and needs to be check out. Thrush is most common among breast fed babies when the mother washes her nipples and doesn't get the soap off well enough, and in bottle fed babies when the nipples are not rinsed of the soap well enough. Thrush does usually cause some crankiness or fussiness from the itching.

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