What does the language tell us about the child's health status?

What does the language tell us about the child's health status?

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'He doesn't stick his tongue out!' Is one of the phrases we usually say to our children to teach them how ugly this behavior is. However, in this time, we are going to ask our children to take it out. Why? The tongue is one of the parts of the body that best measures the health of the body and through its color and texture we can learn more about the health status of children.

When they were babies, my children went through a time when their tongue appeared whitish, it turned out to be a fungus and I had to wipe them with a wet wipe, until it disappeared. I used to have sores very frequently when I was little on my tongue and it was the symptom of anemia. And it is that the language tells us a lot about our health.

The tongue must be pink, wet and smooth, if it is not, it could indicate a disease. One of the most common examinations in pediatric consultations is that of the tongue. The doctor usually asks the child to take it out to observe it since this organ can reveal if he has anemia, dehydration, vitamin deficiency or kidney problems.

- Whitish tongue: It can be due to several causes, including lack of dental hygiene, to avoid this we must teach children to perform good oral hygiene, including tongue. It can also be due to halitosis, which although it is not frequent in childhood, it can occur after tonsillitis or pharyngitis. Another cause is candidiasis, a fungus, or a diet with excess sugar. And even dehydration has a white tongue as a symptom.

- White dots: It can also be due to candidiasis, a common disease in children and adults. It occurs when resistance to this infection in the mouth decreases, it may be due to the intake of antibiotics or other medications.

- Cracked tongueFissures in the tongue are usually a symptom of diabetes, although it can also be hereditary and even due to stress or allergies to certain foods.

- Very red tongue: it is usually due to a vitamin deficiency, specifically folic acid and vitamin B12.

- Geographical language: it is called like this because there are a series of spots of irregular color, as if it were a map. The reason for this is not well known, although it is pointed out that it is a group B vitamin deficiency.

- Tongue with sores: occasionally the tongue of children can present annoying canker sores that prevent them from eating well. They can be due, in addition to an accidental bite, to a vitamin B12 deficiency, iron deficiency, anemia, celiac disease or viral infection.

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