What does it mean if my baby has white spots on his tongue?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you're breastfeeding you'll want to be on the lookout for white spots that may develop on your baby's tongue. That's called thrush, a type of yeast infection that may hinder him from eating well. Thrush is easily treated with nystatin liquid. The prescription antifungal medication is administered as a 1.25 milliliter squirt onto the tongue (or tongue and cheeks if you see white plaques there too) four times a day.
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