Canker Sores in Young Children

Mouth ulcers, or, as they are more commonly known, canker sores, are a painful reality for most of us. They appear for no reason, stick around for a week or so and make eating, speaking and drinking an inconvenience. However, we adults aren’t the only ones susceptible to these annoying mouth ulcers. Your toddler might also develop these lesions, and to such a small child, the experience might be frightening. Mouth ulcers are an extremely common ailment, and carry no significant risk. They are rarely more than a mere inconvenience, and heal themselves in around seven days. However, while they’re around, they make eating certain foods considerably painful, and speaking may also cause stinging. Visually, mouth ulcers are circular, with a raw red outline and yellowish center.Canker Sores in Young Children

If you notice that your toddler has difficulty speaking, or they complain of a stinging pain in their mouth, and you notice the telltale yellow spot surrounded by bright red flesh, then you can be certain that you’re dealing with a canker sore. While these sores heal by themselves quickly, you may make use of home remedies to get rid of them even faster.

Mouth ulcers aren’t something that can be passed from one person to the next, so it is most likely that the toddler in question must have injured their mouth, caused an open wound and that wound got infected by a stray piece of dirt or a type of toothpaste to which the child is sensitive. In extremely rare cases, mouth ulcers might be a sign of certain genetic diseases, but there is no need to worry, as canker sores can appear on anyone and everyone.

Canker Sores in Young ChildrenWhile the child’s mouth sore should heal by itself after a week or two, there are some things to avoid if you don’t want that time to increase, and there are methods to speed up the healing process. Consuming foods which are acidic or very spicy will aggravate the sores, as will citrus fruits and tomatoes. The toddler should only drink using a straw to avoid the liquid from coming in contact with the sore and coating the sore with toothpaste can help numb the pain. While toothpaste is indeed a method to treat mouth ulcers, some kinds of toothpastes contain sodium lauryl sulfate and they might cause mouth ulcers, so you should make sure to avoid purchasing these kinds of products for your toddler. We’ve mentioned citric acid before as something that makes canker sores worse and it must be noted that the acid can cause new canker sores in healthy mouths.

In some very rare cases, a high frequency of mouth ulcers might signify an underlying medical condition. If the ulcer is still around after two weeks despite treatment, then you must immediately consult a doctor. Should your child be showing other symptoms other than the ulcer itself, then do not wait and go see the doctor as soon as a rash, fever, sore throat, extreme pain or any other additional symptoms appear.