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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Shelley | 2007/03/20

Q.

Cracked Tounge

My 4 year old son has cracks in the middle of his tounge. Is this due to a lack of some sort of vitamin or mineral? Is it a health issue? Need I be concerned?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is a hereditary condition called scrotal tongue or fissured tongue. It is more common in children with Down's syndrome but I assume that your child does ot have this syndrome. It usually persists throughout life. There is no pain or discomfort but certain foods such as spices may cause a burning feeling that is more marked than usual. It is important to keep the tongue clean by brushing the tongue gently with a tooth brush. This condition is not due to a vitamin deficiency.

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