What are these whitish-yellow bumps in the mouth of a newborn?
When babies are a few months old, they often have white or yellow pimples in the mouth. These bumps appear on the upper palate and along the gum line. In this position, they can resemble baby teeth pushing through the gums.
While bumps in the mouth of a baby might seem worrisome, they are completely normal. Between 60 and 85 percent of babies experience Epstein pearls and Bohn’s nodules. They are also referred to as palatal cysts or gingival cysts, and they’re more common in some babies than others. They are more common in babies:
- Born before or on their due date
- Born to mothers who have already given birth to other children
- Who are heavier
These bumps are harmless and will usually resolve within a few weeks or months.