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Mouth Ulcers: Easing The Pain Of Your Child

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The human body is equipped with an immune system that is capable of fighting a number of illnesses due to environmental factors. However, some times, the human immune system fails to protect people from falling ill.

The immune system can fail to perform due to a myriad of reasons, not limited to stress and hazardous substances.

A lower immunity due to not being inoculated can be one of the reasons. This is especially true in the case of young children who have not developed the needed immunity as yet.

Although initially believed to be a grown-up problem, children can be afflicted with ulcers as well. Mouth ulcers in children are often caused by a trigger such as stress, a genetic predisposition and bad dietary conditions.

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Viral infections, oral thrush, injuries due to biting and a low vitamin intake are also possible causes.

Since ulcers are often painful and troublesome, children who face this issue can get cranky and act irritably.

They might refuse to eat, cry often and even feel angry. Continue reading to know the best ways you can ease the pain your child experiences when he/she is afflicted with mouth ulcers.

Symptoms Of Mouth Ulcers In Children

Round white sores
Ulcers appear along the inner lining of the mouth, gums and tongue
Painful, especially when eating salty and spicy food
Fever will be present if the ulcer is caused by an infection

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Immediate Treatment For Mouth Ulcers In Kids

Mouth ulcers vanish by themselves in 4-7 days. Salt water mouth rinses can aid this process
Intake of small sips of fluids, such as water with electrolytes and fresh fruit juices, may help
Treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotic medicines for secondary infections may be prescribed

Long-Term Plan To Stop The Recurrence Of Ulcer Attacks

Visiting a paediatrician to understand the underlying cause is a good first step.

Using herbal remedies such as Borax and Kali Chloride can do wonders. A potent and versatile medicine that can be used to reduce the pain and frequency of ulcers is Mercurius Solubius. Homeopathic remedies, such as these, can be bought in the form of concentrated drops that have to be added to a glass of water and consumed. They can also be purchased in the form of sweet pills that can be placed in the cheek pocket of your child's mouth.

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A balanced meal at home can help your child get all the needed vitamins to prevent further occurrences of such sores. Eating spicy and salty food can also lead to these painful sores. Getting your child used to the taste of blander foods can help significantly.

Preventing undue stress on your child can help him/her stay clear of ulcers. Stress-management activities are recommended for children who are older than the age of 10 years. Encouraging your child to study smartly, make notes, take short breaks while studying and spend a few hours a day in recreational activities can help significantly.

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Maintaining oral hygiene by brushing 2-3 times in a day can help in the long run. Using a mouth wash that is meant for children can also help.

Encouraging your child not to put objects in his/her mouth can prevent these sores from occurring. Washing all teether toys and pacifiers before each use can also aid in your attempt to keep these sores away.

If your child eats out often, then encourage your child to eat food from hygienic places. Many of the bacterial and viral infections that are the cause of these sores can be traced to eating at unhygienic places.

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Story first published: Thursday, May 12, 2016, 16:30 [IST]
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