We have encountered ulcers in our lifetime and know how painful is it. Though they are harmless most of the time, it troubles a kid as he/she cannot chew or eat food properly. So the appetite loss irritability mainly plagues them. The most common form of mouth ulcers is Aphthous ulcers. The symptoms of ulcers are as follows:
- Small creamy white patches which are painful and commonly found anywhere in the mouth typically in the gums or inner lining of the mouth or sometimes even on the tongue.
- Inside the cheek a large area red with a small yellow centre.
- White blister like a spot in the mouth accompanied by fever maybe be a cold sore virus.
- White curd like blisters can be an indication of a thrush infection.
- To check if it is thrush infection rub the area with a clean handkerchief.If any red patches are visible after that, it can be the result of thrush.
Remedies and precautions for these mouth ulcers:
- Cotton soaked in glycerin and applied on the sores externally before feeding a baby.
- Apply coconut oil on the sores because they have an antibacterial effect.
- Give vitamin C, and B complex foods as mouth ulcers are often an indication of such deficiency. Consult your paediatrician for any multivitamins.
- For children over one year apply honey and pudina (mint) leaves crushed. At least twice a day. Honey has the same antibacterial effect. Mint or pudina has the peppermint effect and cools the sores.
- Make the food more liquid and less acidic as it increases the pain.
- Restrain your kid for chewing or biting the lips as these can lead to injury and eventually ulceration.
- Cut the nails of your kids.
- For babies, if it is a traumatic ulcer, please check the teat of the feeding bottles whether they are too rough.
- For toddlers and preschoolers, please change the toothbrush very often at least in a month as they tend to chew the bristles and it becomes spiky. This while brushing causes injury to gums and inner cheek which leads to ulceration.
- For the ulcers in the inner cheek in preschoolers, check for a jagged tooth that can be rubbing against the inner gum. Go to the dentist for treatment.
If your kid is suffering from frequent mouth ulcers, please consult your doctor for a blood test or any underlying causes like anaemia or any autoimmune diseases.