Mouth Sore or Spots

child pointing to his mouthThere’s no doubt about it, mouth sores are a pain. Luckily, most of them are harmless in terms of long-term health, yet they can be very painful, especially for children.

Where do mouth sores come from?

Mouth sores can be caused by viruses and illnesses, by injury, by stress and by medications. They may be white, red or pink and can cause pain, swelling, irritability and sometimes even a fever or headache.

Canker Sores or Cold Sores?

Usually, we refer to those benign (yet painful), white sores in the mouth as “canker sores”, while “cold sores” indicate a viral sore on the lip caused by the herpes virus (very common). Both are unavoidable and will go away on their own. If your child tends to get canker sores in the same spot on the inside of the mouth, tell us at your next visit – it may be due to a sharp tooth in the area that we can smooth out.

So, what to do when your child complains of mouth sores?

Some children find temporary relief with the help of a popsicle or over the counter pain medications.

Are mouth sores contagious?

Some are and some aren’t. Your pediatrician may be able to tell you what type of sore your child has and whether it is contagious.

What if my child has a mouth sore that won’t go away?

Any sore that does not improve or go away within 14 days warrants a call to your family doctor.

Other Serious Signs to Look For

If your child has trouble swallowing, signs of infection, dehydration or fever or other serious illness, get medical help immediately.

Please call us at Plano Office Phone Number 972-820-2022 with any questions you may have.