my baby is 18 days old and he has a white tonge what is it and what do i do about it
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Iridescent - posted on 06/15/2010
Wow. All these posts, and none mention that it's normal! This is a healthy sign. If the white is patches on the lips, gums, inner cheeks, it would indicate thrush. Since it's just the tongue, this is healthy. You want this. You do not want to try and rub it off.
"Nearly all newborn babies have a white coating, or film, on the top of their tongues in the early weeks. This is very normal, and is due to a build up of milk sitting on their tongue. The coating can be comparatively thicker, if the baby is formula fed. The milk builds up because babies do not produce much saliva in the first 2 to 3 months after they are born. After this time, they produce more saliva, which will tend to wash the milk residue off.
It is common for parents to confuse the normal appearance of a 'white tongue' with thrush. However, thrush appears as patchy, white areas or spots (called 'plaques') on the inside of the baby's cheeks, gums and the roof of their mouth. If breastfeeding, the mother's nipples can also have thrush in them, usually making them feel quite painful to feed from (even though there is no obvious damage to the nipples). You may wish to read more in Thrush in the nipples. "
Debbie - posted on 06/14/2010
It could be thrush, but it could also just be milk. My youngest son had both, and they look fairly similar to me. I would take him to your GP, your Family Health Nurse, or even to your local pharmacist. If it's thrush, you just need to get some Daktarin Oral Gel and wipe it gently around the mouth, making sure you do the roof of the mouth and the gums as well as the tongue. Make sure you don't use too much though, as you don't want lumps of it getting stuck in her throat.
If it's just milk, then it will disappear when your baby starts solids at 6 months.
Faith - posted on 06/14/2010
its probably thrush, and weather breast or bottlefeeding you baby can get it. if you breast feed though, you will need to be treated to more than likely. bottles will need to be sterilized too. My son had it and he was bottle fed when he got it. call the dr and Good luck.
Ashley - posted on 06/14/2010
i would get it checked out but both my children had this and i thought thrush too but took them both to the dr and it turned out to be milk tounge and it wouldnt wash off either so I was told to just leave it alone and it come off after a bit wash it with a warm clothes like you already have done and it will break down sooner or later
Clineta - posted on 06/14/2010
Nine times out of ten its just milk on the tounge, my 6week old has it on her tongue and i keep asking her dr what it is, and she says its not thrush but coating from the formula, she said to give her an ounce of water and then wipe her tounge with a warm washcloth and it should help. (i just got this advice friday, so i dont have any updates on if it works or not)
Melanie - posted on 06/14/2010
I am breastfeeding but now also supplementing with bottles. When I first gave my son formula, I noticed the same thing but after a period of only breastfeeding it went away. I think it was jut residue from the formula. If your baby is only having formula that residue would always be there. Check with your doc because it'salways better to be safe then sorry though.
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