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  • How to Clean Your Newborn Baby's Tongue

    Even babies need to clean their tongues! We share with you how to incorporate tongue cleaning into your baby's grooming ritual.
    Published Aug 14, 2009
  • Since baby’s food repertoire has increased in variety other than milk, you may find that her tongue is lodged with sediments of food or left over milk. During baths, you might want to include cleaning her tongue as a part of her grooming ritual.

    Use sterilized gauze and wrap it around your pointer finger. Hold it securely in place you’re your thumb. Make sure that you don’t have long nails as it may accidentally hurt your baby if she wriggles about.

    Dip your wrapped finger in sterilized water to moisten the gauze. Gently open baby’s mouth and insert your finger and reach for baby’s tongue. Slowly stroke your finger on top of baby’s tongue. Your aim is to loosen the food sediments and not vigorously clean the tongue.

    You may also do this around her gums to stimulate teeth growth and keep her mouth clean.
    Photo by santheo via flickr creative commons
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