What is this white area in my baby’s mouth?
A baby’s central tongue may look white. This is most likely normal and no cause for concern. The top of the tongue is covered with tiny bumps, which make the tongue feel rough. Some of these bumps are covered in soft spikes that gives the tongue its white colour and furry appearance. Some parents think the furriness is a sign of an infection called thrush, but thrush rarely affects only the tongue. When it does, the tongue has a very different appearance. Thrush usually starts on the inside of the lips and cheeks and leaves a distinctive lacy white coating in these areas. Babies may also have several small white bumps on the roof of the mouth or on the gums. These are not thrush and they don’t need treatment. They disappear in the first months after birth. The roof of the baby's mouth is pale and again, this is not thrush.