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What causes cough with white substance on the tongue of an infant?

My 2 yr old daughter has been running fever with cough for about 3 days and i am now noticing white stuff on her tongue....what is going on? I havent been giving her milk due to her fever and she keeps licking her lips and smacking her mouth like its dry.
Mon, 26 Dec 2016
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Can understand your concern..

As per your complain the white coating on tongue along with fever and cough can occur due to yeast infection in your son known as ORAL CANDIDIASIS or ORAL THRUSH.

It can occur due to reduced immunity of the body during infections that can cause opportunist organisms like fungus to overgrown and cause infection..

You should consult a Paediatrician and get evaluated for the cause of the illness and get treated accordingly..

In case of thrush the doctor will provide you with anti-fungal liquids like Candid mouth paint that has to be applied on the tongue.

Adding probiotics like yoghurt in diet can help in clearing the fungus.

Feed with plenty of water and fluids and if lips are dry apply Petroleum jelly..

Give her appropriate rest..

Hope your query is solved..

Thanks and regards..
Dr.Honey Nandwani Arora.

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