Black/Purplish Spot on Tongue on 7 1/2 Month Old Baby

Updated on November 03, 2010
C.H. asks from Chicago, IL
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I 'm a first time mom of a 7 1/2 month old baby girl. My daughter has had three ear infections in the past 3 months. She was given Cephalosporin antibiotics for the first two ear infections and for this last infection she was given Amoxicillan which she took for 10 days. About 2 days after finishing this medication we noticed she had a black sort of purplish color spots in the middle part of her tongue. I thought it was just a food she had and that it would go away. So she had it for a week now and I took her to her pediatrician since she also did not want to drink her formula. Her doc put her on Nystatin which she said it may be a yeast infection. I thought that would usually be white spots on the tongue and not black? Has anyone experienced or encountered something like this before?? I just need a second opinion..

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Thank you all so much for such great information! I am definately switching doctors because I was never told anything about Probiotics nor was I told it could have been a reaction to the medication she might have taken. It's so frustrating that I think some doctors should not be practicing medicine. I am taking my daughter to see a new pediatrician on Monday and will update you all then. THANK YOU ALL!!

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answers from Chicago on

From googling "antibiotics and black tongue" sounds normal and is something that will subside once stopping the antibiotics.

Note in this link, it states black tongue is a side-effect of Amoxicillin:

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answers from Chicago on

I know one of the side effects of the Amoxicillin, not sure about the other antibiotics, is that you can get a black "hairy" tongue as a result of fungal growth. I would give your daughter some probiotics to help counter all of the antibiotics she has been on. Hope she is feeling better soon.



answers from New York on

if it doesn't go away.. bring her to a dentist.. sounds crazy.. but they will be able to look and see what they say.. if you don't have a dentist.. see your dr. again.. good luck



answers from Chicago on

all those antibiotics killed all the good bacteria in her boxy. if your pediatrician didnt suggest you give her probiotics to restore her flora id find a new pediatrician


answers from Saginaw on

I might be wrong, but I heard that Amoxicillan can cause your tongue to turn purple/black temporarily. But then....I have never seen this in person. Just seems to me I read something like that.



answers from Chicago on

Caranda, Your baby needs high doses of pro (for)-biotics (life)...Her good bacteria is probably non exsistent afterall those rounds of anti (against) biotics (life). You can find good quality baby brands at the health food stores.



answers from Scranton on

When I was little I use to suck on my tounge. This sounds weird but right after surgery or if I am really sick I still do this. Its not a concious thing i wake up and just find myself doing it. I always get a blackish purple bruise on the middle of my tounge.



answers from Boston on

My son had that at about the same age, maybe a little younger. We never brought him to pediatrician as it faded after a few days, maybe a week. We think it was when he was teething and maybe was biting on his tongue. It was definitely a blue/purple color. I wouldn't worry, but watch it, and if it doesn't fade after another week then go back to dr.

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