“Why does my baby have a white tongue?”
Seeing your baby’s tongue coated with a white film can be alarming and you probably won’t be able to calm down until you know the answer to that question. However, there’s no need to panic as most babies have that. But why does your baby have a white tongue?
It’s milk buildup
Babies don’t produce as much saliva in their first 2 to 3 months after birth. With less saliva, they won’t be able to wash the milk residue off on their own.
It could be oral thrush
If the white film on your baby’s tongue looks patchy or there are white spots on the inside of his cheeks, the roof of the mouth, and gums, it’s more likely to be thrush. Also, thrush can’t be wiped away.
If you suspect that your baby has oral thrush, make sure to seek medical advice. His doctor may prescribe an antifungal gel you can place on the inside of your baby’s mouth after feeding. Failure to treat your baby’s oral thrush can cause irritation, bleeding, and even pain during feeding. The spots may even bleed as the condition worsens.
Now, to prevent milk from building up on your baby’s tongue, you can clean it with a sterilized gauze or cotton. Wet its edge with lukewarm water and wrap it around your finger. Use it to gently clean your baby’s mouth and tongue.