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Infant Severely Biting Tongue In His Sleep (Page 1)

Our 11 mo old has been severely biting his tongue only during sleep. We have seen several mds and dentists. None have been able to help. He shows no sign of seizures when he sleeps( i've watched him). We have given motrin to prevent teething pain and he still bites. Please give suggestions or advice
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replied December 30th, 2003
Extremely eHealthy
Have you given him a pacifier while he sleeps? It might help.
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replied June 21st, 2010
IS, I know its been a long time since you originally posted this. Can you tell me how long did this last?? What was the diagnosis. My 9 month old daughter does the same thing(biting her tongue in sleep) for the past 1 week. We are getting worried. Please respond if you see this message. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Respond.
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replied August 9th, 2010
tongue biting in sleep
It might be acid reflux. try malox or call dr. to prescribe prylosek.
grandma
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replied September 21st, 2010
Our DD is now 1 year old and she hasn't bit her tongue lately. Don't know why did that during her 10th month for about 3 weeks - it was nightmarish for us those 3 weeks. Ibuprofen and orajel seemed to have helped. The doctors we spoke to didn't have a clue although everyone was suggesting that the irritation of the gums was probably causing to do that. Hopefully this post will help someone.
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replied October 23rd, 2010
Our baby has been biting his tongue since 8 months old, his 18 months now and still biting while sleeping. His tongue is severly bitten that his lost most of the tip and with sores. He tends to open his mouth a lot and drools constantly this may be from the sore tongue. I'm glad i found this forum because now i know that my baby is not alone with this problem.
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replied March 20th, 2012
Tongue Biting Toddler
My son is 18 months old and has been biting his tongue since his teeth came in. It is to the point where I am concerned he is going to bite part of his tongue off. Every morning I wake up and there is blood all over his crib sheet. I have brought him to Children's Hospital in Boston and they don't really have an explanation for what is happening. It is not seizures or sleep apena. I am at a loss on how to help him. Was there any resolution for your child?
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replied March 14th, 2011
biting tongue too
my DD too has this problem. he is currently 14 months and has biten his tongue for the last 2-3 months. he bit off a little bit at the end and drools all the time. our doctor's too are unable to find out why he does this. Glad to find other parents struggling with the same issue. Has anyones child outgrown this?
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replied March 14th, 2011
My DD is now almost 18 months. She again started biting her tongue last week for about 3-4 days.(she did this 1st when she was about 9 months old - see my previous post). This time, it wasn't as bad. We only saw some blood on the bedsheet when she woke up for couple of nights and we noticed white spots on the side of her tongue. This is different because she was originally biting the tip of the tongue when she was 9 months old (see my above post) and did it more often and even during naps. Again, we think she is doing it now because of teething, she was also sick with fever/cold etc. We again rub some orajel and ibuprofen - not sure if it helped but the last 4-5 days, she is not doing it and also her fever is gone. Hopefully, she will not do this again.
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replied March 26th, 2011
hi my baby also experiencing the same thing and im so worried we asked a maxillo-facial surgeon as we were thinking it might be related to his teeth orientation )(overbite)...he is 18 months nw and it started when he is teething with his pre-molars and molars we didnt have problem when his incissor pop out,
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replied March 26th, 2011
hi my baby also experiencing the same thing and im so worried we asked a maxillo-facial surgeon as we were thinking it might be related to his teeth orientation )(overbite)...he is 18 months nw and it started when he is teething with his pre-molars and molars we didnt have problem when his incissor pop out,
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replied March 26th, 2011
im just interested if anyones child outgrown this?
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replied April 12th, 2011
still biting tongue
My DS is going through another round of this. UGH! There is a lot of blood. A Lot. WE are having a hard time getting it to stop. More teeth are popping in, we are hoping that is all it is and will pass quickly
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replied April 24th, 2011
Hi Everyone,

I am not alone, my 20 month old son has been biting his tongue everday for over a year now, we have some answers but not a direct one for tongue biting.
Please note Do NOT give Nurofen or blood thining agents if there is any bleeding involed,my son ended up in emergency nearly dead as we could not stop the bleeding from his tongue due to Nurofen.
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replied April 25th, 2011
The first thing I had done was a blood test to check his iron levels which came back dangerously low.
Low iron can lead to Restless Leg syndrome and jumping/running whilst asleep and maybe tongue biting.
He is taking over the counter Iron supplement.
We have recently had a sleep study done which has shown Periodic Limb Movement Disorder/ RLS and sleep Apnoea and as a result he needs his adenoids removed because he stops breathing when sleeping (very common in kids)which also results in juming awake and maybe tongue biting.
Our next move is a 24hr EEG with a nurologist to find out if there is a nerological disoder or is this related to epilepsy...
I hope I havnt scared anyone, I want to share as much info as possible as I have seen that many doctors and idiots. Westmead is like my second home over the past year. Doctors have told me I am crazy and thankfully our sleep specialist Dr Papadoplous at St George Private toldme I am not crazy this is really happeinig and he can prove it by watching the monitor of my son sleeping.
There is a drug and that can be used to slow down there nervous system while sleeping but you have to jump through all the hoops first.
A blood test is quick and easy
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replied October 11th, 2011
biting tongue!
My son just turned two last month. He started biting his tongue back in June. Its going on four months of doing this. Its every time he sleeps, all night. And every nap. Even if he falls asleep in the car. I have been to several doctors and nobody knows why or what to do and just sends me somewhere else. I use to have to bleach his bed sheets everyday from the blood. In the last few weeks he has not been bleeding as much. Maybe his tongue is scaring? I Dont know. But he always bites the tip and it gets infected. And we recently lost my husband, his daddy in January. I Dont know if that has something to do with it. I just want him to peacefully! Where do i take him. What helps?
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replied December 15th, 2011
Infant Severely Biting Tongue In His Sleep
My son is almost 11 months now and he started biting his tongue when his 9month old ( even on his nap time)... I know how you feel mommy's Sad yes it's really devastating to see your little one to have this kind of bad sleeping habit. His Pediatric Doctor don't have any clue what to give him to refrain from doing this thing but one of his Doctor told me to ask for help of a dentist to have some bite guard thing but when when we went to see a Dentist she don't want to give it at his very young age because he might chew it.
I really don't know where to find a right Doctor for him... as a first time mom(parent) you don't know where to run too since my extended family is out of the country. Sad So SAD! huh!
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replied January 8th, 2012
My son started this in June. It was so much blood and scary. After reading the post earlier about the low iron, i took my son to the lab where i was working and had some test run. He had iron deficiency anemia. His red blood count was low also. His iron level was low, 15. A doctor put my son on iron twice a day and suggested i crush one pill of Melatonin up at night with his drink. Instantly after this, he slept all night and his tongue was healing. This was in October after my previous post. Then the beginning of December he has started back. Doing it often but not as damaging. I hadread where some believe their child does it during teething, i would hope my son is teethin now and that is why he has started back. And hope it will stop again. My son use to be extremely restless. Probably because of the low iron. So i do agree that checking your childs iron would be beneficial.
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replied February 17th, 2012
Ok mommies and daddies. You are not alone. In fact, we have THREE little ones with this problem. For all of them it started about a month after they got teeth and could bite. It is possible it has been happening before teeth, but they cant gum their tongue and make it bleed.

We have a two year old and twin 10 month olds.

Like others, we have been to pediaticians, ENTs, dentists, and a top neurologist. Sleep studies found nothing wrong with our oldest. We just had a sleep study with one of the twins. This week the other twin started and drew blood. broke pur hearts. The first twin with the issue has taken a chunk out of his tongue and has permanent damage.

Our neurologist put the oldest on a low dose trial of 0.25 mg of clonazepam before bed. We saw results after a few weeks and she hasnt drawn blood in months. She HAS woken up and said she bit her tongue a few times, but no blood. Knock on wood.

The first twin is on the same med, but now three times a day.

This is the first time I have heard of low iron as a possible cause. We will get iron checked first thing next week.

We will keep you all posted as we know how helpless this feels.
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replied February 26th, 2012
My son started biting his tongue around 18 months old, every time he slept blood would pour out of his mouth. After many pediatricians, ENT, and dentists we finally found one that said his need to suck was greater than most kids, not sure why. It was a horrible experience! He did stop after a few weeks of coaxing him to take his pacifier back, he is now 16 years old and still has scar tissue/small chunks of his tongue missing.
Has anyone else noticed milestone delays?
He has since been diagnosed with Aspergers, ADHD, and a duplicate gene, not sure if any of these has to do with the tongue biting though. I would be interested in finding out if someone with older kids are still having problems of any kind.
Thanks and good luck!
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replied February 28th, 2012
My son has been doing this now for 8 months. He is laying with me now and has bitten his tongue twice in 15 minutes. Not knowing what is wrong is draining me. I hate watching my son wake in pain. Every night. His poor tongue is chewed at the tip and he has slits on the side of his tongue. My son just started taking valium about a month ago at bedtime. He still does it. Also, my son does not speak clearly at all. He is two and a half. I am sure his tongue is sore, but i wonder if the reason he doesn't speak clear is also what is causing him to bite. Does any of your children have difficulty talking? I try to make my child take his passy to help. But he wont take it. I am scheduled to see another neurologist and have a sleep study the end of March. I had a dentist suggest pulling my sons bottom front teeth. Cause she had no other suggestions. I almost want to. So he can sleep. Better anyway. But i want to find the REASON for this. Please keep us updated.
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replied July 14th, 2015
Extremely eHealthy
have his iron level checked.
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