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My six month old has a red spot on the side tip of her

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My six month old has a red spot on the side tip of her tongue. It looks bruised or if she had bitten it. She has no teeth! It's been there for a few months now and hasn't gone away. Could this be cancer on the tongue and can infants get tongue cancer.
Extremely worried!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

any other medical issues?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No, no other medical issues
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

I have never heard of an infant getting tongue cancer

I suppose anything is possible but I highly doubt it

My guess is this is probably a birthmark of some type

I would have the pediatrician look at it to be sure

but I doubt it is anything worrisome

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do babies get birthmarks on their tongue like that? Can it be a bruise of some sort from chewing on her hand or sucking on her fingers that hasn't gone away? Have you seen marks on a baby's tongue like this before?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

yes, I have seen this before.

usually it is from teething

but yes it could be from sucking on fingers or hand

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How long can this spot last for?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

if its a birth mark, forever

if it is from sucking then until she stops sucking on whatever is causing it

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay thank you very much.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

you're welcome

please don't forget a positive rating. I appreciate it

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I definitely will. I took some better pictures of her tongue and wanted you to give one last look and tell me what you think. Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

I am sticking with an abrasion, sucking or some type of congenital lesion

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

welcome :)

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

Please don't forget a positive rating. I appreciate it :)

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