Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Lisa | 2012-01-19

Q.

Mouth sores

My 3yr old has about 4 round white sores inside his mouth,on the tongue,upper lip,upper gums and on the side of the mouth. His temperature gets high and he becomes cracky and restless. I took him to the doctor who gave me Ponstan for the Temp and a some syrup for pain and told me it is a viral infection,there''s nothing he can do,it will wear off with time. Today he woke up with a swollen upper lip.
Do you think i should seek second opinion or do you agree with what the doctor said?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your son almost certainly has a very painful virus ingfection of his mouth called herpes stomatitis.The sores in his mouth will be very painful and he may not be able to eat or drink properly. Children with herpes stomatitis may become dehydrated especially in hot weather if they do not drink enough.This illness can last as long as 10 days and children are often very miserable as long as the sores are present in their mouths.Treatment is available if the illness is severe. It would be a good idea for your son to be seen at a paediatric emergency clinic so that he can be properly examined and to make sure that he is not dehydrated.

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