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My 2yr old daughter has some red spots at the back of her tongue, what could it be?

Asked by kullervo (785points) February 12th, 2009

Since the end of last year she’s had these spots appeared. They are red, raised and uneven. Should I be concerned, what could they be.

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skfinkel's avatar

I would never hesitate to go to the doctor when a question about a young child’s health is in play.

And, although this is probably not remotely related, since she has had the spots so long, but we have had in my parent education classes (where the babies come as well), a number of children who have had the very contagious hand, foot and mouth disease—a virus that is uncomfortable, but gets better.

Why not just check the spots out with your pediatrician?

90s_kid's avatar

I have that, too if I understand correctly.
You never said that they “hurt”, so I ask “Does it hurt?”

kullervo's avatar

I thought it might be lye bumps but she doesn’t seem to be in any discomfort or pain and it has been for a prolonged period.

We took her to the Dr twice. First time we were told not to worry they will go away if not come back. They didn’t go away so the 2nd time another Dr said “everyone has bumps in the mouth” and “don’t worry, you worry too much because it is your first child”. Hardly reasuring. You guys are my best hope right now :-S

zilos's avatar

I found this on
If it was my child, I would get a 3rd or even a 4th opinion…DR’s sometimes are ridiculous
What causes sore a tongue and tongue bumps?

There are many things that can make your tongue sore or cause painful tongue bumps to form, including:

* Trauma. Accidentally biting your tongue or scalding it on something straight out of the oven can result in a sore tongue until the damage heals. Grinding or clenching the teeth can also irritate the sides of the tongue and cause it to become painful.
* Smoking . Smoking excessively can irritate your tongue and make it sore.
* Canker sores . Many people will develop these mouth ulcers on the tongue at some point in their life. The cause is unknown, although they can be worse during periods of heightened stress.
* Burning tongue syndrome . Some post-menopausal women develop this syndrome, which makes the tongue feel as if it has been burned.
* Enlarged papillae. If one or more of your taste buds becomes inflamed or irritated, it can swell and form a painful bump on your tongue.
* Certain medical conditions. Medical conditions, including diabetes and anemia, can have a sore tongue as a symptom.
* Oral cancer. Though most sore tongues are nothing to worry about, you should consult a doctor if you have a lump or sore on your tongue that doesn’t go away within a week or two. Many oral cancers don’t hurt in the early stages, so don’t assume a lack of pain means nothing is wrong.

I hope this helps some. I have a four year old and I know how you might feel….

shilolo's avatar

Most likely is that they are prominent taste buds. In that picture, they are labeled papilla. There are many pictures online, such as this one or this one. Sometimes, they just appear to be more prominent in some people. If you are concerned, I suggest seeing a dentist in addition to the doctor, since they should know quite well about tongue issues.

gooch's avatar

Enlarged taste buds. I have seen the one patients before.

gooch's avatar

No medic/firefighter

shilolo's avatar

@kullervo Gooch may not be, but I am a doctor.

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