Overview of Geographic Tongue in Children
Is your child suffering from geographic tongue?
Have you ever shocked by what you saw when you looked at your child’s tongue? Children suffering with the geographic tongue may look normal in the morning. They have a very abnormal looking tongue just a few hours later, due to the geographical tongue infection. If you need to be concerned, here’s what you need to know about your child’s geographic tongue.
Geographic Tongue in Children
Geographic tongue is a benign condition in the mouth that we see in some children during which he loses the bumps on the tongue that give it the normal rough appearance. There is a nonspecific inflammation that causes bright red patches because of the loss of bumps in certain areas of the tongue.
This bump makes these areas of the tongue smooth and slick and often surrounded by yellow, gray, or white lines and sometimes looks like a map-like pattern — thus the name, geographic tongue.
Geographic tongue appears most frequently in children and young adults and is most common among children under age four. There is no known cause for the condition and few if any; symptoms, aside from occasional irritation or a mild burning sensation and the bumps do grow back with time.
These spots can last for weeks or months before disappearing and may recur spontaneously for no apparent reason.
A child’s geographic tongue can look quite alarming to parents, but it is of no concern. It is not associated with any other underlying mouth diseases or problems. The underlying cause is unknown and it will go away on its own without treatment. Find now available types of geographic tongue.
Types of Geographic Tongue in Children:
There are 2 primary types of Geographic Tongue found in children.
This type of Geographic Tongue occurs due to a lack of one or more key vitamins or minerals. It often starts when children start eating on their own as they are “picky eaters” and avoid certain foods with strong flavors or just new things.
Strongly flavored foods contain the key vitamin and so children aren’t getting all the nutrition they need which may result in a geographic tongue. If children are given a wide variety of foods to choose from they will eventually balance their own diets which lack one or more key vitamins or minerals.
This type of Geographic Tongue can be even worse because it is much more difficult to locate and is the result of one of many chemical irritants, a natural irritant or food allergy.
Chemical irritants often affect children whose immune systems are compromised in some way and these will not go away until you eliminate the cause.
Did you know?
- A Recent USDA study showed that only 4% of Americans are getting the minimum recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of their essential vitamins?
- Another US Government survey found that out of 21,000 people surveyed, NOT ONE of them managed to eat the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of the ten basic nutrients studied.
- It’s hard to believe not one out of 21,000, so what are the odds that your child is getting what they need?
- On any given day, 91% of Americans don’t eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.
- The food you eat doesn’t have the nutritional value your grandparents got from eating the same food because of soil depletion, chemicals, genetic modification, etc.
- 65% of Americans don’t get the minimum daily requirement of Zinc!
So it is important to get your children the nutrition they need to keep their tongues healthy.
Hoping this mouth and tongue health article all about Geographic Tongue in Children is helpful to you!