Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Thabi | 2011/10/03

Q.

Sores in the mouth

Hi,

I have read one of the questions that were posted as well as your answer, my son has sores in his mouth and according to the doctor I took him to he says it is herpes, is this the same as ''aphtous ulcers'', before the sores came up he was feverish and now he refuses to eat.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your son's mouth ulcers are not aphthous ulcers but are caused by a herpes virus infection. This condition is known as 'herpes stomatitis'. The sores are very painful and children find it difficult to eat or drink. Apply Teejel gel to the sores at least twice a day. The sores take about 10 days to heal.If he refuses to drink he runs the risk of becoming dehydrated and will need to be seen again by his doctor.

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