Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Rachel | 2010/11/21


Tongue Sticking Out

My baby boy''s tongue is constantly sticking out, it has been like this since birth. He is now 2.5months old. I''ve taken him to 3 paediatricians and they all say he is fine and with time his tongue/mouth will grow proportionately and his tongue won''t stick out all the time. It looks like it is too big for his mouth.
We''ve done thryoid and sugar tests and they are 100% normal as well as testing the size of all his internal organs via ultrasound - all 100% normal.
Has anyone ever experienced this? Any information/advice would be greatly appreciated.
i''m so worried the doctors have missed something and that there is something wrong with my precious little boy.
Rachel xxx

Expert's Reply



Babies may stick their tongues out when they are full or if they are hungry or if they have reflux. So it can be quite normal except for the babies who do this because they have reflux, but the baby's tongue will not appear to be too large for the mouth. You say that your baby's tongue sticks out all the time and appears to be too big for his mouth.The medical term for a large tongue is 'macroglossia' It is just possible that he has a congenital condition called the 'Beckwith Weidemann Syndrome or BWS'. It would be best to ask a paediatric geneticist to see your baby to be sure that this syndrome can be excluded. Most geneticists work in academic departments at the large teaching hospitals.

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Posted by: Rachel | 2010/11/26

Thank you for your advice. He doesn''t have Beckwith Weidemann Syndrome - they''ve already ruled that out.
Been for another opinion and they say that he has no control over his mouth or tongue yet as he is still such a tiny baby and hopefully by the time he is 6months old he will have gained a bit of control and his tongue-thrust reflex will have diminished. He also does suffer from reflux which probably makes it worse.

Thank you so much for your response.

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