how do i clean da milk off my 1 month olds toungue besides water ?

Priscilla - posted on 09/19/2009 ( 54 moms have responded )

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ive tried givin her water n wiping with a washcloth but it doesnt really come off!

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Jane - posted on 09/20/2009

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the milk that is on the tongue can have very good qualities to it, especially if you are breastfeeding. there are good bacteria in there and antibodies. check with the pediatrician.

Sarah - posted on 09/08/2012

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It does come of when u use coze and clean it gently and put the medication on the tongue it's works with my baby he had realy bad one all over his mouth and when I took him to the doctore she showed me how to clean it and it's start to decrease .

Leslie - posted on 09/26/2009

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I've been there, exact same way! About a week home from the hospital I noticed some white stuff on my newborns tounge, and called a nurse who assured me it was milk tounge. Of course, now it caught my attention and I did keep an eye on it, and my little fella didn't have any other symptoms, so my first Peds visit, I asked the Dr. about his tounge and he told me it was milk tounge. The second Peds visit again I asked him to look at his tounge, and again he told me it was milk tounge, my little fella still had no other symptoms except the white fuzzy like tounge and a ton of gas ( =) better out than in though!) and that my nipples were getting more sore rather than adjusting and getting used to nursing. So about 2 weeks after that I started feeling shooting pains when ever I nursed my baby, so bad that I would cry the entire time I fed him, I even considered putting him on formula, because I thought we just weren't getting the whole nursing thing right and it hurt so bad to keep trying. My husband took us back to the Dr. and this time insisted he do more of check up, he assured me my nipples were just sore, and my husband basically forced him to look at my babys mouth, and this time he saw white patches on the roof of his mouth and sent us home with the Nystatin for both him (orally) and myself (topically) that way we could continue to nurse. I couldn't believe what a pain in the butt it was to get a proper diagnosis, and if only he'd done his job right the first two visits, could have prevented all this pain and discomfort. I did some research on my own and as well as following the medication instructions, I ate more food with olive oil (raw like a salad), fresh chopped garlic (raw) and Oregano, and also started eating yogurt once a day as well as chopping out as much surgars and any thing with caffiene in it (no wine either). About 4 days my little one started having the white on his tounge diminish, and about 7 days nursing wasn't painful one bit and I actually for the first time enjoyed it! In total it took him about 14 days for both him and I to rid the thrush, with both medication and supplimenting natrual food and slight alteration of our diet. I can eat surgars now, but am very carefull not to over due them and still keep olive oil, oregano and garlic in my diet (cooked now) =) I am shocked that others have gone through this too! I hope you and your little on recover quickly.

Stephanie - posted on 09/27/2009

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I bought a tooth brush and tooth paste for toddlers my son is 3 months and u can scrub his tounge and gums, ur suppose to start brushing their teeth as a newborn, and as they grow up they get into the habit once ur child is old enough to brush their own teeth they'll keeo u on track with brushing ur own those early hectic mornings!! my son gets milk stuck to his tounge all the time if it looks like there in pain its thrush if he's ok its just sum milk stuck to his tounge...nuthun to worry about!!

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Deanne - posted on 09/29/2009

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Keep using the thrush treatment & you can get nipple shields to help your nipples heal
I would not recommend peroxide!!!!!!!!!

Donna - posted on 09/29/2009

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sounds like thrush you may need to take her to the dr. they can give you some medicine that will get rid of it asap

Priscilla - posted on 09/26/2009

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well leslie so far the thrush is comin off my babys tongue little by little do to the nystatin n my nipples are feelin alittle better its just so upsetting to know it wouldnt had gotten that far if her doc wouldve known what it was i dont know how you were so patient with the doc it only happened one time with me and i fliped out lol but im over it n im just glad to see good results from this med. after the thrush is gone should i continue to clean her tongue? i think i should just to b on the safe side i hope it wont come back!

Sarah - posted on 09/26/2009

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never did it either but i would check the docters for thrush! or a baby tooth brush

Sarina - posted on 09/26/2009

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they have toothbrushes for infants at Burlington Coat Factory and it comes with a brush for the gums...you can use that and its like a tongue scraper for adults, its really gentle and should help get most of it off!

Emily - posted on 09/26/2009

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it sounds like thrush,i thought the same thing.go too your chemist and let them know u get some drops.nothing serious

Brittany - posted on 09/26/2009

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It's just good practice to always wash out an infants mouth, tongue and gums after every feeding. It keeps their mouths healthy and will toughen up their gums for teething. If it's not coming off with a wash cloth and water, see the doctor because it should sweetie!

Priscilla - posted on 09/24/2009

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well i actually had to go back to her doc today cause it actually started getting worst! so i asked her if she sure it wasnt thrush and then she took another look at it and started apologizing for not realizing it was! it even got passed to my nipples which it hurts so bad!! so i got upset and asked her how did she get to become a pediatrician if she didnt know what it was so i told her bout that nystatin you all told me about and so she gave me a perscription for it as well as the cream for my nipples ugh if only i wouldve known sooner it wouldnt have gotten this bad now i cant breastfeed my baby until my nipples are completely healed cuz it hurts so much! well looks like im goin to change her doc now but thanx u guys u all were extremely helpful lol looks like you guys kno more than my daughters doc!

Heidi - posted on 09/24/2009

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You can use egg whites and lemon with a wash cloth or a baby tongue brush. You will have to do it a couple of times. But it works on thrush. then when you are done rinse with water.

Nilda - posted on 09/24/2009

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my mother-in law said it good to take a wash cloth and put a lil cooking oil or olive oil on it and rub the toungue and gums to get the milk off and it really worked. my sons gums would look soo white and nasty so i tried that and it worked wonders.

Britney - posted on 09/24/2009

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she might have whats called thrush its a yeast infection of the mouth take her to the doc and he'll give her some meds it will take care of it. i went through the same thing. hope i helped im new to this site lol.

Shelly - posted on 09/24/2009

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It's called,, Thrush you have to take the bby to the doc.and he will give her or him some NYSTATIN drops,it works like a charm within a couple days!

App+7mnejhu - posted on 09/23/2009

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it may be thrush my son had that and i thought it was milk she needs meds from the dr

Jeanie - posted on 09/23/2009

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I have four children and two of them had thrush. It is actually a bit painful for the child because they get hungry but eating causes a little bit of pain with the sores ( or rash) in their mouth.

Jeanie - posted on 09/23/2009

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I know it's hard when all the moms are telling you it's probably thrush and the Dr says it's not. Here is a symptom of thrush ( other than the white tongue) to look for. If your baby doesn't seem to latch on to the breast or bottle as well as they used to or, if they cry after eating as if it has caused them some pain. If these things happen ask your Dr to please take another look.

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Does it come off when you wipe it off? If it doesn't, it is oral thrush which is a yeast infection that some babies develop just after they are born. She will need medicine to treat it. I would call your pediatrician and ask. I had a couple of kids get that. Milk usually doesn't require for you to clean it out of the mouth. I would check on it.

Sarah - posted on 09/23/2009

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you have to use a really thin cloth and gently rub your babies tongue. my daughter is two months old.

Veronica - posted on 09/23/2009

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orgel makes a tooth and gum cleaner for infants. I started wiping my sons mouth and gums with it about a month old. It was also a great starter for getting ready for brushing those tiny little teeth when they come in.

Cristina - posted on 09/23/2009

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Hi, Well I used to use a gauze wrapped around my finger it's a but rougher than the wash cloth and it did the trick for my baby, sometimes it's hard to take off, but really babies don't really need all that fuzz over their little tongues, Don't pay too much mind to your mother in law, they usually are naturally born instigators, some don't even know that they are doing it, but it's annoying either way. take care.

Melissa - posted on 09/23/2009

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I have 4 children with 1 on the way. I have never tried to clean the milk off their tongues. If the tongue is white, it could be a yeast infection. I suggest taking her to the doctor. If it is a yeast infection, it can be cleared up easily with medication.

Delitha - posted on 09/22/2009

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Ask the pharmacist for toothettes. its a sponge on a stock, that works wonders. Ive used them with all 7 kids, and cost a few bucks.

Tomekia Joy - posted on 09/22/2009

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Ypu do need to clean the milk off... the way i have done with my girls i use a damp infant cloth and let them suck on it. it help the process.

Mandie - posted on 09/22/2009

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They have gum cleaners specially made for that(you also use them for gum stimulation) They sell them in the baby section. I do believe they are called Gum Cleaners made by Johnson and Johnson for before baby gets teeth. Put a small amount of the cleaner(toothpaste that is baby safe) that comes with it, on the cleaner and gently rub her tongue. Don't over-do it though just a bit at a time. Its not really a big deal that baby has milk stains on her tongue cause all babies get it that young at one point or another...if it turns into trush you should take her to the doc but as for now I'd let it be

Melissa - posted on 09/22/2009

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Quoting Lucy:

I'm not really sure why you would need to clean her tongue? I didn't clean my son's tongue - sometimes it looked white but i think that's normal after a feed. It's only a problem if it's oral thrush, in which case you'd need to see a doctor.


i loved your advice it was very considerate  young mothers worry about things and you told her that it was prob normal and to see a doc thanks my oldest just had my first grandchild and i know that wrong know it all advice can cause unnecessary worry thank you again for encouraging in a considerate manner

Melissa - posted on 09/22/2009

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check with pediatrician about getting giggles and grins tounge and gum brush and paste the brush slips over your finger and you rub it over your baby's tounge and gums like a toothbrush. You can find it at walmart. Its not to expensive.

Peggy Sue - posted on 09/22/2009

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it is more than likely not just milk. it is probably thrush which is a type of yeast infection and the doc can give your baby something for it.

Sarah - posted on 09/22/2009

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It actually sounds like Thrush.. Thrush is a milky white layer over the tongue and it won't come off with wiping.. its a very common infection.. I thought when my son had it it was milk also and did the same thing.. NOPE.. It was thrush.. Off to the Drs. we went.. Hope this helped a little :)

Mayra - posted on 09/22/2009

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Was that the advice of your pediatrician? If yes, then maybe you can look into buy those tongue scrapers some places sell. and if no, then ask your pediatrician what to do. I know I really didn't help much. Sorry.

Alysson - posted on 09/22/2009

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It's more than likely Thrush! My now 5 month old girl had that when she was 1-2 months old. She was given drops to put in her mouth a few times a day. I would go to the doctor to make sure. :0)

Tiffannie - posted on 09/22/2009

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Yeah I would not try to clean her tounge, My little girl had a white tounge too as long as its not thrush there is no problem it will go away in time I think my daughters was like that till maybe 2 months or something just from nursing so frequently.

Maireni - posted on 09/21/2009

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Sounds like thrush to me ( a yeast infection in the mouth )...you might wanna take her to get checked out because if it is thrush, they'll probably perscribe an antifungal med.

Carrie - posted on 09/21/2009

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Your welcome..glad to hear it is not thrush... lol mothers and mothers in laws will drive you crazy about YOUR kids...cus they always think they KNOW it all but they tend to forget WE are mothers too and want what is best for OUR kids too :)

Priscilla - posted on 09/21/2009

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ok today i took my daughter to her pediatrician n she said its nothin just milk. she told me its really not necessary to clean her tongue but if i want i could just give her water n use a wash cloth that there are no signs of thrush so idk my mother in law was driving me crazy with worry! but thanx all of you for your suggestions.

Priscilla - posted on 09/20/2009

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oh wow i never had that problem with my first 2 i'm goin to get her checked out tomorrow it sounds serious!

Terra - posted on 09/19/2009

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My son is 6months now but he had thrush and that is what it sound like your baby has. If the white wont wipe off then it is thrush

Kelly - posted on 09/19/2009

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really, you probably need to get it checked. At one doctor visit when my youngest was very small (maybe 2 months), I asked the doctor why her tongue was all white, and she said it was probably just milk. That was on a Friday, and by Monday morning, we were both miserable with Thrush (I breastfed). I was so mad at that doctor! But if it is Thrush, you will need medication for it. If it was just milk, I'm pretty sure it would come off easily, but I agree with the others, you shouldn't have to clean her tongue. I never did with any of mine.

Carrie - posted on 09/19/2009

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Are sure it is not THRUSH??? if it will NOT come off easy with a washcloth more then likely it is thrush...my 2yr old and 7 yr old had thrush...

Priscilla - posted on 09/19/2009

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i was askin the same question but my mother in law was tellin me that it causes bateria and then shell get sores in her mouth so i dont know lol

Lucy - posted on 09/19/2009

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I'm not really sure why you would need to clean her tongue? I didn't clean my son's tongue - sometimes it looked white but i think that's normal after a feed. It's only a problem if it's oral thrush, in which case you'd need to see a doctor.

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