Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Mouth Ulcers in children (Aphthous Ulcers)

Hi,
It has been a long time since the last post.....
Nowadays we are seeing a lot of kids with painful mouth ulcers in our OPD, this causes misery not only to the child but the entire family as thechild is unable to eat even though he/she is feeling hungry!
Here are a few tips to treat this common condition:
HOME CARE
Rinse the child's mouth 3 or more times a day with salt solution (1/2 teaspoon salt to 8 oz. water).
Clean sores frequently with 2% hydrogen peroxide/ chlorhexidene solution on a cotton applicator (an ear bud may be used as an alternative).
If your child's canker sore is caused by a rough tooth or braces, consult your dentist. The sore won't heal until the cause is eliminated.
MEDICATION
Your doctor may prescribe:
Topical anesthetics like xylocaine jelly 2 % to relieve your child's pain.
A mixture of Digene and Benadryl can be applied locally on the ulcer (with a cotton ear bud/applicator) to heal it
Rarely in case of severe disease an oral steroid solution may be prescribed by the doctor.
ACTIVITY
No restrictions.
DIET & FLUIDS
Avoid Spicy Food.
Encourage your child to drink as many fluids and eat as well-balanced a diet as possible while healing.
To minimize pain, let your child sip liquids through straws.
Foods that cause the least pain are cold milk, yogurt, ice cream, and custard.
OK TO GO TO SCHOOL?
When appetite has returned and alertness, strength, and feeling of well-being will allow. Keep the child's eating and drinking utensils separate until sores heal.
CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF
Your child's temperature rises to 102F (38.9C) or higher.
Ulcers don't improve in 3 days despite treatment.
Pain is unbearable and isn't relieved by treatment.
A child with aphthous ulcers loses weight.
For more details read Mdadvice

2 comments:

rajaswari said...

Mouth ulcer causes redness, ulcers, blisters, and sulmucosal haemorrhages of mouth. Constipation is the root cause of the Mouth ulcers. Use constipation remedies for mouth ulcer remedies. Take plenty of green vegetables with fruit juices daily. Promptly answer nature calls. Avoid tea coffee and excessive smoking. Drink a full glass of water as soon as you get up from bed.

Mouth ulcer

Dr. Gaurav Gupta M.D. said...

I have seen at least some children have constipation along with mouth ulcers. The alternative school of thought certainly believes this to be an important cause.
I would agree on the recommendations made here.