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Mouth Ulcers

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The mouth is one of the most sensitive areas of the body so when kids get ulcers there, the pain and discomfort can be intense. Mouth ulcers are extremely common in kids, especially from puberty onwards and they can form anywhere within the mouth, including on the tongue or the gums and on the inside of the lip. Most often they are caused by viral infection. If you look inside your child’s mouth you’ll see a red, white or greyish lump of anything between a couple of millimetres and centimetre in diameter. Mouth ulcers may be so painful that they make eating or even talking difficult. So what causes them, and what’s the best treatment?

Ulcers arise when an infection gets into a cut or graze inside the mouth. Those cuts can be the result of chewing something tough, accidentally biting the mouth, brushing the teeth too hardm, or from eating something very hot or cold. Occasionally ulcers can be an allergic reaction to certain types of food and if your child already has an ulcer, salty snacks like crisps and fizzy drinks or very spicy foods, can make them worse. Kids are more likely to develop ulcers when they are tired, stressed or run down. Being low in iron or folic acid, which are found in fruit, veg and fish, can also make kids more susceptible, but sometimes ulcers appear for no obvious reason at all.
Ulcers aren’t infectious so they can’t be caught or passed on to anyone else.

Ulcers usually pass within a week and often it’s just a question of waiting until they clear up of their own accord. Your pharmacist will be able to provide certain ointments, and kids can also rinse their mouths out with a warm salt water solution. (Don’t let them swallow this though as it makes them sick!)

Mouth ulcers are often recurrent, so just because you’ve got rid of one, it doesn’t mean you child isn’t at risk from developing another. If, however, a single ulcer lasts for three weeks or more, let your doctor take a look in order to rule out any other more serious infection or condition.

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I have 3 ulcers in my mouth. They are near my lips and they are very painful. Sometimes it is hard to eat food because of how much they hurt. Is there something that I am lacking? How do I get rid of them? I get them all the time and they are always very big.





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Hi I have got a mouth ulcer an it hurting inching ect ... I have got apportment with my dentist on the 16th June and she give me some antibiotic to take and they not taking it away I have tryed everything like saltwater ect ... But it's not doing nothing can some one or some who can tell me what to do please as it is killing my mouth inside and it hurting all the time and my gum is growing over my back tooth





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I have a massive ulser on the stretchy bit of underneath my lip in so much pain and cant eat tea tonight cos having curry





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My daughter is 6 and is getting quite a few mouth ulcers all the time would it be recommended I take her doctors





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I have an ulcer that I have had for nearly two weeks now and the pain is unbearable literally I need to find a way of curing it its giant. Putting salt water and wooshing it around is soso painful please say that there is other ways that are less painfull !! 😩😣😤😭👿





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My son age 5 has lots of small mouth ulcers on his tongue. He had a recent bout of toncillitis. Is finding it difficult to eat but is always hungry. Was wondering if there's anything that may help.also has tummy ache quite often





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Help!! I have a big ulcer in my mouth! And round the side its all yellow and in the middle of the ulcer is a black greyish dot what do I do I cant even speak its that painful! im perfectly healthy what do I do to solve this





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Hi my daughter is 3 and I have just found 4 ulcers in her mouth she is just crying all the time with them what could of caused them in a child so young or can you get them at any age.





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Get some bonjela or igluu, they are both mouth ulcer treatments. Igluu you can buy over the counter at somewhere like boots. Apply a little bit every night until the ulcers go away. Or as a cheaper alternative, you can create a salt saline. Mix 3 teaspoons of salt with a good splash of luke warm water and just make your daughter gurgle it around her mouth, but don't let get swallow it as it tastes horrible. Hope this helps

I had two one on each side of my mouth I found it very hard to eat . I have had them for about nine days.it started on a Sunday I thought I had just bitten it but it turned into a nightmare and I haven 't found a cure for it yet Please help :(





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Hi my daughter of 6 has 5 on her lips 3 in the upper inside mouth at 2 round the sides .i rang the doctors and they said it's tonsilitious because I said her glands are up . He then prescribed me penicillin and it is nearly all gone with nothing really working ... Olsers are still there and tonsils still swollen . At my wits end as she won't even have liquids like ice cream now as she's complaining of the pain in her teeth too ...... Help please





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Hi ,my son went through exactly the same.They gave him penicillin and the had and allergic reaction to it!My friend said she used corlum pellets and they really help! Good luck,hope she gets better soon.

My daughter has exactly the same thing. She also had fever and was in so much pain. Antibiotics were not working. After numerous visits to the doctors ,blood tests and mouth swabs it was confirmed she had a nasty virus called gingivostomatitis. It was a 10 day contagious virus. Only contagious through saliva. So if you share cups, kiss etc. perhaps this is what your child had. Might be Worthing reading up about it cause doctors said once they have this they are then very prone to getting cold sores and mouth ulcers from here on. This all happened back in January 2014 and now (March 2014) we have had her on medication for more ulcers but they have cleared up quickly.





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Also known as aphthous ulcers, mouth ulcers are painful, clearly defined, round or oval sores that form in the mouth. Read More »