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    Default white tongue

    Hi,
    My DS constantly has a white layer on his tongue from nursing. Is this normal? Do we need to clean it off or ok to leave it?

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    Do your nipples hurt or burn? Does he seem in pain, or is there any cracking/bleeding from the white stuff? Does DS have a really red looking diaper rash right now?
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    My LO had a white toung for awhile and my doc said it was from the milk. It went away on its own. Be sure it is not thrush....
    Samantha: born 3 1/2 weeks early on Sept 2006 6lbs 4 oz 18 inches long with situs inversus totalis. Now a strong healthy little girl that wants to be a NICU doctor, loves her little sister and breastfeeds her dolls!
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 2,200 oz
    Alexandra: born 3 weeks early on July 2010 7lbs 8 oz 19.5 inches long.
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 1,200


    For information on becoming a Breastmilk Donor http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk

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    Default Re: white tongue

    Quote Originally Posted by ShilohsMom View Post
    Do your nipples hurt or burn? Does he seem in pain, or is there any cracking/bleeding from the white stuff? Does DS have a really red looking diaper rash right now?
    Hi, no, my nipples don't hurt and DS seems to be happy and healthy... he does have a bad diaper rash now, but the tongue has always had this white milky layer even before the diaper rash. So I don't think it's thrush rt?

    Marymud, how long did your DS have his white tongue for? my DS has had it for as long as I can remember, it has never gone away...

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    My little girl got it around 2 1/2 months as a light white. It became progressively more noticable and then was gone all of the sudden around 4 1/2 months of age. Her doc has me "brushing" her gums and toung with one of those finger tip brushes - which she loved and loves more now that she is teething.
    Samantha: born 3 1/2 weeks early on Sept 2006 6lbs 4 oz 18 inches long with situs inversus totalis. Now a strong healthy little girl that wants to be a NICU doctor, loves her little sister and breastfeeds her dolls!
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 2,200 oz
    Alexandra: born 3 weeks early on July 2010 7lbs 8 oz 19.5 inches long.
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 1,200


    For information on becoming a Breastmilk Donor http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk

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    Default Re: white tongue

    DS had a white tongue from BF for the last 2 1/2 mos. When he started chewing on his hands more, it helped rub off the milk tongue. So now, he sometimes has a clean tongue.

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    Default Re: white tongue

    LO has a milky tongue as well, when I bathe him that's the first thing I do is wash his tongue.

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    Default Re: white tongue

    My little one had a white tongue for about 3 or 4 months. The pediatrician said it is just from milk. It stayed constantly for a long time and then, like a PP said, suddenly went away. As long as you are sure it isn't thrush, there's no need to worry.

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