my baby is 18 days old and he has a white tonge what is it and what do i do about it

Andrea - posted on 06/14/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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i startrd on saturday and its not i wiped out his mouth with warm wash cloth and its not comming off what do i do is there a home remdemy that i can use

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Iridescent - posted on 06/15/2010

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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.
http://www.birth.com.au/Cradle-cap-nappy...
"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. "

Babbykakes01 - posted on 06/15/2010

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It sounds like it could be thrush. My son suffered from it when he was newborn and it was easily treated with mouth drops from the doctor.

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Debbie - posted on 06/14/2010

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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

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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.

Kalie - posted on 06/14/2010

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I'm sure someone got there before me, but if it isn't wiping off it could be thrust which is yeast. Has she gotten a rash on her bum? The docotor can give you a cream and medicine fo both. :)

Ashley - posted on 06/14/2010

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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

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I think you should get it checked by a doctor just to be certain, if it is thrush, its treatable with meds.

Clineta - posted on 06/14/2010

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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

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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.

Julia - posted on 06/14/2010

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You should call your doctor because thrush can also be passed to your breasts if nursing.

Julia - posted on 06/14/2010

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It could be thrush which I have read looks like cottage cheese or milk curds on the inside of the babies cheeks and sometimes on the tongue or roof of their mouth and gums.

Liliane - posted on 06/14/2010

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Do you breastfeed? Then it could be Thrush. Go to your docter and let him check it.

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