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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Sue | 2005/11/30

Q.

Virus-Herpi's

I would like to understand this virus a bit more. My baby is 15months old and last friday she had a temp at 40 which came down, yesterday it went back up and was rushed to hospital. The doctor says she's picked up a virus called herpi's, where she has blisters on the gums and at the back of the throat, this morning it has spread on the outer surface of the mouth. She has not been eating or drinking for 2 days now.
Please give me info on this and i would greatly appreciate your advice. It is getting worse by the hour and i am afraid that it might be much more than just the virus. Please could you respond today as I would like to get a second opinion before treatment is administered.


Many thanks
Sue

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is a very common problem with the symptoms you describe so well. It is called herpes stomatitis. It usually lasts a few days and then gradually clears up. If your baby cannot drink she may become dehydrated so please have her checked for this. It is sometimes necessary to use a mixture of tannic acid jelly and lignocaine in her mouth as the ulcers can be painful.

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