Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: BMJ | 2011-08-01

Q.

Sore on mouth

Dear Doc

My four year old son has had a sore in the corner of his mouth for several weeks now. It does not seem to worry him too much. I have tried dactarin and another cortisone based cream (I forget the name). The problem is the area stays moist so it does not dry out. Could you perhaps suggest anything and specifically how often I must put it on. (I only had enough of the cortisone cream for 1 application).

Regards

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is unusual in a 4 year old and may be due to a zinc and/or vitamin B deficiency. Give your son Zinplex syrup every day and apply Zinc cream to the sore in the corner of his mouth.If the sore has not healed after 3 weeks he should be seen by a doctor and he should have a full blood test done.

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