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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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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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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.

I have a mouth ulcer also a hole in my there also ulcer in the hole in so much pain and cant sleep what can i ddo no dentists around help in so much pain





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I always get mouth ulcers. I'm 15 and I'm a stress head. Mum said that's why and it's probably right. I've just started in year 11 and things are stressful so I'm back using baby tooth paste as that's the only one that doesn't hurt when I use it. Mum makes me have a bath and a relax so I'm less stressed. I hope it works.





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I have foun that there is normally a trigger for them. For my husband it's most toothpastes apart from the sensitive ones and for myself it's tomatoes.





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I suffered with mouth ulcers for a very long time, and I often had nine at once. I was in huge amounts of pain and couldn't sleep. I found that cherry tomatoes were the main cause, whilst big ones I could eat and be perfectly fine. My mum reckoned it was the high acidic content. I still get them occasionally when I am ill or stressed, but I think though there should be a main cause, some people are just prone to them.

Hi there , I've tried a few things , ethical nutrients zinc fix is great for healing and usually your body is run down , has a virus, stress auto immune etc so zinc helps immune system. Also olive leaf extract is great for immune system in liquid form which you drink it is anti viral anti fungal , natural antibiotic, I've found this product fantastic. I use touse amosan sachets and that was the go but have been unfortunately discontinued. Also,I find toothpaste aggrevated my ulcers but I found herbal ones better whilst waiting for them to go. Hope any of tis helps as they really do suck when u have them. I have fibromyalgia so I think it comes with it.





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Hi i have ben a sufferer for years and was told by a specialist that it was lack of B vitamins caused by stress and was prescribed 50mg of pyrodoxine and 100mg of thiamine twice daily which realy does work, infact on days when i am busy and forget to take them i develope an ulcer almost right away. These vitamins realy work for me. As for which foods i should avoid, i,ve never realy worked that out...hope this is helpfull as i know the horrible pain of these things. Another thing that i have found with ulcers that may be of intrest to other sufferers is that they seem to get realy almost unbearable just before they go away

I have the answer!!! I was a sufferer from mouth ulcers for many years, having 6 at a time which would all grow into one big one, I was even part of a clinical trial to try to find out why they recur. I spent many years in agony as that is what an ulcer puts you in. Eventually I found my own cure. I was told about an article in a magazine which said if you ate Marmite regularly it would get rid of them. I tried it and have not had an ulcer since. I eta marmite on toast a couple of times a week. I swear by it and everybody who suffers the pain of ulcers should give it a go. I think it is down to the high vitamin B content but it definitely does work. Take it from a fellow sufferer, give it a go and prove it to yourself.





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I think you could be right about the Marmite! My 8 year old often gets mouth ulcers (usually just one at a time but extremely painful). He eats Marmite regularly, but we haven't had it for a couple of months as our supermarket has had difficulty in getting it for a while (we live in Greece). A really painful ulcer has started today. He usually gets them mainly during the summer time and when I think about it, we don't eat a lot of Marmite then as we consider it a winter beverage! Marmite contains B vitamins and folic acid (among many other nutrients) which a lack of, are said by some, might be the cause of these painful ulcers. I'm now convinced and thank you sincerely for making me think about this!





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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 »