Posted by: CC1 | 2009/02/02



Hi Doc,

My daughter is 2 and a half. She developed a fever of 39.4 a week ago, I took her to the doc who suspected tolsilitis and prescribed Augmentin. Two days later she still had a fever so I called the doc who ordered some blood tests and the results showed that she has a virus. Doc was not worried and said that I should just give my daughter something to bring the fever down and that the virus will clear up on it' s own. Now a week later my daughter has red swolen gums which bleed when I brush her teeth. She is hungry but does not want to eat hard foods, obviously because her mouth is sore. Do you think her sore gums are from the virus or perhaps a side effect from a high fever (perhaps something like fever blisters)?

Expert's Reply



Your daughter has a viral infection of her mouth which is called herpes stomatitis.It is very painful for her to eat.She must drink as much fluid as she can as there is a danger of her becoming dehydrated.If she cannot drink or if you are concerned about her fluid intake you must get medical attention.In the meantime apply Teejel gel to her gums and to any sores in her mouth. This illness usually takes about 10 days to clear.

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