Canker Sore Remedies for Kids

Cancer Sores, also known as mouth ulcers, are an inconvenience and usually heal within a week or so. However, children are generally impatient, and the weak but constant pain coupled with the stinging induced by eating is much less bearable for young children than adults. Luckily, mouth ulcers are not contagious at all, unlike the cold sores which usually afflict the surface of your lips. Here are a few ways to speed up the healing of your child’s canker sores.

Canker Sore Remedies for KidsFirst up, we have medical ointments. Mixing an equal amount of hydrogen peroxide with water, and using sterile cotton swabs to dab the solution directly on to the sore will ease pain and speed up the healing process. Similar effects can be achieved with milk of magnesia, be it by gargling or by direct application with a cotton swab. Mixing a bit of water with three or more times as much baking soda will create a thick paste, and this can also be used to relieve pain and increase the rate of healing. All of these methods should be applied several times a day for the best possible results.

Using mouthwash is an optimal choice, as it is a disinfectant by design. Most medical mouthwashes these days contain an ingredient called tetracycline, which can significantly dull the pain, and speed up the healing process by killing off the bacteria. This option requires a prescription, and may cause some permanent staining on young developing teeth, so using a home-made solution might be more up your alley. Using baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and salt to make a water based mouthwash to help clear the ulcers up.

Canker Sore Remedies for KidsGetting some non prescription medicine is also an option to cure mouth sores. You should look for products which contain eucalyptol, peroxide, menthol, glycerin or benzocaine as these are all great options to dull the pain, cause the sore to numb, and promote healing. They may cause a slight stinging sensation at first, but they are effective.

Another solution is used black tea bags. Black tea is rich in a compound called tannin, which can also be found in numerous painkillers. Soaking the teabag in hot water allows for the tannin to be released. You should hold the still-wet tea bag to the sore, allowing the liquid to get soaked in.

All of these methods can help you heal your child’s mouth ulcers, but there are a few things that should be avoided in order to speed up the healing process. Strong, spicy or acidic foods should be avoided.

Chip and crisps also stimulate the ulcers, keeping them from healing, and the sharp tips of the chewed chips can cause great pain if jabbed into the sensitive center of the sore. Toothpastes containing sodium lauryl sulfate should be avoided, and the child must use the softest toothbrush available.