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Child has black tongue, excessive salivation. Earlier had ear infection

my 11 month old son developed a slight black tongue during the past two weeks. he had an ear infection during the end of dec and we were using meds for him. i have read that that could be the cause. he is also drewling a lot because of his teeth . there is no change in his behavior. he still has a duracel battery propelling him around, so loss of energy or low feelings. we havent noticed any other change. no fever, no diarrhea . any good ideas?
Asked On : Tue, 15 Jan 2013
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Thank you for your query.

Tongue can get black coloured due to:
1. Intake of oral iron preparations.
2. Mouth breathing.
You mentioned that your son had an ear infection in end December for which he was on medication. The ear infection is also associated with a bad throat and blocked nose for which the child must be breathing from his mouth. This may have caused the blackish discolouration.

I hope I have answered your query to your satisfaction.

Wishing your son all the best.


Answered: Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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