Understanding the Causes and Treatment of Toddler Mouth Sores

Causes and Treatment of Toddler Mouth Sores

Mouth sores are a common occurrence in toddlers, and can be a source of discomfort or pain. In this dental blog, we will discuss the various types of mouth sores, the potential causes, when to call a doctor or dentist, and the available treatments. We hope that this knowledge will help parents and caregivers to better understand and care for their little ones when dealing with mouth sores.

Table of Contents:

I. Types of Toddler Mouth Sores

II. Possible Causes of Toddler Mouth Sores

III. When to Call a Doctor or Dentist about Toddler Mouth Sores

IV. Treatment for Toddler Mouth Sores

I. Types of Toddler Mouth Sores

Mouth sores can range from harmless and uncomfortable to painful and serious. Some of the more common types of toddler mouth sores include canker sores, cold sores, and thrush. Canker sores are small, white ulcers that usually appear on the inside of the cheeks or lips and can cause pain, redness, and swelling. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus and usually appear on or around the lips. Thrush is an infection caused by the fungus Candida albicans and appears as white patches in the mouth that can be wiped away. 

II. Possible Causes of Toddler Mouth Sores

There are many potential causes of toddler mouth sores, including bacterial or viral infections, allergies, or vitamin deficiencies. In some cases, the cause of the sores may be unknown. It is important to note that mouth sores can also be a sign of a more serious underlying condition, such as celiac disease or Crohn’s disease, so it is important to consult with a doctor or dentist if the cause is unknown.

III. When to Call a Dentist about Toddler Mouth Sores

If your toddler is experiencing mouth sores that do not go away after a few days, it is important to consult with a dentist. It is also important to call a doctor or dentist if the sores do not respond to any treatments, if the sores are unusually large or painful, or if your toddler experiences other symptoms such as fever, nausea, or vomiting.

IV. Treatment for Toddler Mouth Sores

The treatment for toddler mouth sores will depend on the cause. If the cause is a bacterial or viral infection, antibiotics or antivirals may be prescribed. For allergies, an antihistamine or anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed. For vitamin deficiencies, a supplement may be recommended to boost the level of vitamins in the body. For canker sores, over-the-counter topical treatments may be recommended. If the sores are particularly uncomfortable or painful, a numbing solution may be prescribed. It is important to note that prevention is the best treatment for toddler mouth sores. Encouraging good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing, can help to reduce the risk of developing sores, as can avoiding foods that can irritate the mouth. Additionally, limiting sugar and acidic foods can help to reduce the risk of sores. If your toddler is experiencing mouth sores, it is important to consult with a doctor or dentist to determine the best course of treatment. 
 
Royal Dental Care in Sydney has highly experienced Paediatric Dentists to help you. Kids forget their pain when they sit on our largely popular in-house Dino chair. You can book an appointment here.
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