Why is my newborn’s tongue white with milk?

Why is there milk on my newborns tongue?

If you notice a whitish, bumpy coating on your baby’s tongue, it could be one of two relatively harmless conditions: thrush or milk residue. Milk residue is a byproduct of your baby’s diet and can easily be wiped away.

How long does milk residue stay on baby tongue?

Signs it’s more likely to be thrush:

Thrush can often look in the early stages like little blobs of cottage cheese, progressing to a thick, curdy coating as it establishes (as per the image above). If left untreated, oral candidiasis will resolve in 3-8 weeks, but in most instances topical antifungal agents are used.

How do you tell if baby has thrush or just milk on tongue?

One of the easiest ways to tell the difference is to try and wipe off the residue with a warm, damp cloth. If the residue comes off or becomes less noticeable, you’re dealing with milk residue and not thrush. Keep in mind that milk residue is more noticeable after feedings and only appears on the tongue.

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