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My 5 year old is complaining that his tongue hurts. I

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My 5 year old is complaining that his tongue hurts. I assumed it was a raised taste bud but the pain seems to be getting worse. It looks like a bump on the side of his tongue but i cant really tell. Is there anything I can do to alleviate the pain?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Louise Sivak, M.D. replied 7 years ago.


It may be that your son bit his tongue or has a localized reaction to something he ate?

The medical concern would be that this might be the start of an allergic reaction, so any further swelling, cough, trouble breathing, wheezing, means an immediate trip to the ED.

If the pain stays localized then Anbesol and sucking on an ice cube for short periods are the best options.

Your son may also be coming down with a virus that causes mouth sores, as these are fairly common.

Hope this helps and your son feels better soon.

Louise Sivak, M.D.

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