Canker sores in babies, also known as stomatitis, are characterized by small sores on the mouth, usually yellow in the center and reddish on the outside, which can appear on the tongue, in the roof of the mouth, inside the cheeks, on the gums, on the bottom of the baby’s mouth or throat.
Canker sores are an infection caused by a virus and because they are painful, especially when chewing or swallowing, make the baby angry, cry, do not want to eat or drink and drink a lot. In addition, they can cause fever, bad breath, difficulty sleeping and nausea in the neck.
Typically, canker sores disappear in 1 or 2 weeks, however, symptoms improve in about 3 to 7 days, when treatment is carried out. Treatment can be done with analgesic remedies, such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, guided by the Pediatrician and with the adoption of some precautions, such as offering fluids, preferably cold, for the child not to dehydrate.
Baby thrush and thrush are different infections, because thrush is caused by a fungus and is characterized by white spots similar to milk that can also appear in any region of the mouth. Learn more about the baby frog .
Baby thrush treatment options
Typically, cold sore symptoms improve in about 7 to 14 days, however, there are some forms of treatment that can reduce discomfort and speed recovery. These include:
1. Cold sore remedies
The most used remedies for the treatment of thrush are analgesics, such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol, as they relieve the inflammation and pain of the thrush, reducing the discomfort felt by the baby.
These remedies should only be used with the guidance of the doctor, as the doses vary according to the child’s weight.
2. Ointments for children’s cold sore
Some examples of ointment for cold sores in babies are Gingilone or Omcilon-a Orabase, which have a faster effect than analgesic remedies and stimulate healing. These ointments can be swallowed without any risk to the baby, but their effect disappears faster than oral remedies, since they need to be in contact with the cold sore.
3. Other home care
Although the drugs have a great effect to relieve pain and speed up treatment, there are some precautions that can be taken at home to ensure even more comfort for the baby, including:
- Offer water, natural juices or fruit smoothies, so that the baby does not dehydrate;
- Avoid giving the baby carbonated and acidic drinks, as it worsens the pain;
- Give cold foods without spices, such as gelatin, cold soup, yogurt or ice cream, for example, because hot and spicy foods increase pain;
- Clean the baby’s mouth with gauze or cotton wool moistened with cold water to relieve pain.
In addition, it is also important that, during treatment, the baby does not go to day care, as it can transmit the virus to other children.