Conclusion: Children with Down syndrome do not have true macroglossia but have relatively large tongues compared to the bony confines of the oral cavity.
Why do Down syndrome have big tongues?
This alteration of the skeleton leads to people with Down’s Syndrome having a recognisable facial appearance. The soft tissue feature most affected is the tongue, which is fissured and protrusive. The tongue appears large because it has to rest in a narrow dental arch.
Do Down syndrome babies have a protruding tongue?
Babies with Down syndrome may have a protruding tongue that pushes against your nipple.
Do people with Down syndrome have a fissured tongue?
Fissured tongue is the most common oral soft tissue finding in DS, with a recorded prevalence between 10% and 95% (7-9). It appears that fissured tongue is more frequent in individuals with DS than the general population, and its frequency rises with increasing age (10).
Can a Down syndrome child look normal?
Some of the children with Mosaic Down syndrome that we know do not actually look as if they have Down syndrome – the usual physical features are not obvious. This raises some important and difficult social issues and identity issues for both parents and children, which parents have discussed with us.
What does a dehydrated tongue look like?
Your entire tongue may be white, or there may only be white spots in a few locations on your tongue. White tongue can be a symptom of dehydration. The easiest way to tackle dehydration that causes white tongue is to replenish lost fluids and electrolytes quickly by using an oral rehydration solution like DripDrop ORS.
What does a coated tongue indicate?
A coated tongue (also known as white tongue) is a symptom that causes your tongue to appear to have a white coating. This typically occurs when bacteria, food matter, and other dead cells accumulate on your tongue between its papillae (the features on the surface of your tongue that provide its distinctive texture).