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Discolored tongue, whitish and sores



My 18 months old boy is currently teething, i have been giving him ibuprufen and applying teegel in the gums. He has also developed a whitish colour in the tongue, sore on left and right side of the tongue, and even in the upper palate/ roof.

What is going on? and what should i do?


Thank you for the question. The best course of action is taking your son to a dentist/pediatrician for an evaluation. While it may be nothing more than teething, the patches you're describing may also be a presentation of thrush (candidiasis), a fungal infection.

I would also caution you in giving your child Ibuprofen for more than 48 hours without consulting either a dentist or a pediatrician.

I hope this helps.

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Response by:

Sarath  Thikkurissy, DDS, MS Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Director, Residency Program, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati