Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Racoon | 2010-09-26

Q.

toddller bump on tongue, red spots palate

Dear Doc

Our 20 month old son has been struggling with a cough for many weeks now, and is being treated by our paed (currently on Combivent and Mucospect). Last night he had a fever of 39.5, but us ok today. We noticed a bump on his tongue with small red spots (petechiae?) on his palate. He is eating and drinking ok. Any ideas?

Thanks a lot in advance!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is a very good observation on your part and yes, these spots are known as petichiae.Your son has a very high fever so he must have an infection. The most common infection causing petichiae on the palate in children is a strep [streptococcal] infection usually as a result of tonsillitis.There are other,usually viral illnesses that can also give petichiae on the palate in young children such as glandular fever, roseola, german measles,herpes stomatitis and sometimes with hand foot and mouth disease.
It would be best to ask your paediatrician to see your young son.

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