If you haven't noticed on this blog yet, I AM a worrier and I DID worry. Along with the appearance, it seemed that Evan always had excess saliva in his mouth and he struggled with speech. It's very possible he has a speech issue aside from his tongue, but I was almost sure that the two were somewhat related. I let it go for a while because I assumed it was something that we just had to deal with. Every time I looked it up on the Internet it said the same thing: it's a benign condition that is annoying but doesn't cause pain. Never treatment options, just the fact that it would come and go. I don't handle the idea of solution-less problems well.
Finally, last week I was laying in bed with Evan and having a very frank conversation with God. I kept saying over and over, "you have to help me, I can't live with not being able to help him. There has to be something somewhere that will help me help him". After he was sleeping I started looking up Geographic Tongue on my phone again. But this time, I found this website:
It was not created by a doctor, but I was excited that it was finally new information and the possibility of being able to treat the condition. Even if the man was a quack, I was going to take a chance that what he was writing about might work. Of course the website was a link to an e-book. Thank goodness my phone has a Kindle app. I downloaded the book and read most of it that night.
The book suggests starting by trying Lil' Critters gummy vitamins. They have 200% the daily value of B12 for a child between 2 and 4 years of age. I wanted to go out and buy them that night!! Whatever might help my child needed to be tried immediately. No joke, within 3 days of starting the vitamins, Evan's tongue was starting to clear up. His tongue is normal right now and looks just like the rest of ours. Maybe it's a timing issue, but I don't think I can recall a time in the last year or so that his tongue has appeared "healthy". There have been dormant times when there weren't many blotches or it only appeared swollen without patches, but never like this. He is thirsty a lot and I think it's because his mouth feels dry without all the excess saliva. It has also helped him with his speech a ton. Seriously in only a week he's trying to say many words that he has struggled with since he began talking. I think he is able to move his tongue around in his mouth more comfortably so it's not such a struggle to formulate the words and sounds. I am SO proud of him.
If you know anyone who has this problem and has been told that it's just something to be lived with, I strongly suggest checking out the website. The book I read deals specifically with children, but he has also written books to help adults. I am very grateful to have found a way to help Evan live more comfortably. I will keep praying that it is the vitamins that are making a difference and not a coincidence that things look so good right now. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed too!