White Spot On My Baby’s gums – What Experts Say About It
Does your child have a tiny white spot or yellowish dot on his gums? Is it an erupting teeth or what?
I experienced this with my daughter when she was about 12 weeks old. I thought she has an erupting tooth due to the whitish spot that suddenly appeared on her upper gums.
I checked the said spot and it was hard. It’s not like a tooth because it is just a few millimeters, feels flat and round. After a week, it was gone.
These white spots might just be some Bohn’s nodules, or it can also be a symptom of canker sores or oral thrush. It can also appear if the gums are scratched while your baby is playing with sharp toys.
Bohn’s Nodules Or Epstein Pearls
That whitish to yellow cysts that may appear at the gums or roof at the month might be Bohn’s nodules (at the gums) or Epstein pearls (at the roof of the mouth, upper palate).
Bohn’s nodules usually appear at the top gum line. They are typically seen as early as in newborns.
What do they look like?
They look like small round bumps, are protein-filled and do rupture spontaneously. No treatment is necessary as they go away on their own in a few weeks’ time.
Some babies are born with teeth, and they are called natal teeth. The type of bumps typical of emerging teeth looks long and horizontal.
On the other hand...
Some infants have teeth erupt within the first month. These types of teeth are called neonatal teeth. These teeth are usually left as it is unless it can interfere with breastfeeding or scratch the tongue and/or the surface or mom’s nipples.
Oral Thrush is the common fungal infection that appears as white patches in the baby’s mouth. They are usually harmless, but they can make your baby uncomfortable.
Where do these patches appear?
You will typically see white spots or patches on the gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth and inside the cheeks.
Thrush usually resolves on its own. Your pediatrician can also prescribe medications in the form of oral drops or gels to relieve pain and treat oral thrush.
But take note:
If the baby is breastfeeding, have your nipples examined at the same time. A mother’s nipples may need to get treated to prevent the infection from transferring back and forth.
Caring For Your Baby’s Teeth, White Bumps And Spots
When your child has some bumps or white spots on the gum, it can make him fussy and restless. He might feel some discomfort and pain. It is best to visit a pediatric dentist so you can get an expert advice before you try any home remedies.
While waiting for your appointment with the dentist, do the following:
- Clean your baby’s mouth regularly. Your child might not yet have teeth, but you must begin as early as now to clean his mouth every day. Lay your baby on your lap. Using a clean washcloth, rub gently baby’s upper and lower gums.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Once your baby’s teeth have erupted, clean his gums and teeth with an infant toothbrush. It’s alright not to use toothpaste if you are worried because the baby might ingest it. You can use coconut oil or some baking soda paste in place of fluoride toothpaste.
- Care for your child’s gum discomfort. Your baby’s teeth are still a no-show, but it is those annoying white bumps that are causing him some pain and discomfort. Care for baby’s gum pain like how you handle teething problems. Give him some cool teething toys to chew on. Massage baby’s gums to relieve pain by gently rubbing them with your clean finger.
White spots on your child’s gums are usually benign and not a cause for alarm. Teething and its corresponding discomfort are part of baby’s milestones. Bumps on baby’s gums come and go; they won’t stay for long and usually heal on their own.
But if your baby really shows discomfort during this time, always ask your doctor about it.