How To Relieve Pain From Canker Sores In Toddlers

Canker sores are also termed as mouth ulcers. These ulcers are painful sores in the mouth. Canker sores can affect a person at any age. Although they are not very common in babies and toddlers, some toddlers may experience them. Canker sores are normally red or sometimes have a whitish coating over them. They usually occur inside the lips or cheeks. Sometimes they may appear on the tongue, gums, and soft palate. Canker sores are not contagious. It is, therefore, not required to take any undue precautions at home to prevent it from spreading...

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... to the other members of the family. Although canker sores in toddlers are not dangerous, they can cause a lot of discomfort and pain to your toddler, especially doing meal times. Canker sores should not be confused with fever blisters as fever blisters are entirely different. Fever blisters appear as blisters on the outside of the mouth and on the lips. Fever blisters are contagious as they are caused by a virus.

The specific reason for the formation of canker sores is not yet known. It may be caused by allergies to some specific foods, malnutrition, or a deficiency of Vitamin B or folic acid. Sometimes it may be due to your family medical history. Canker sores may also occur due to indigestion or constipation

Treating Canker Sores in Toddlers

Canker sores disappear within a few days without any treatment. Though treatment for canker sores is not required, you can take the following steps to minimize the discomfort and relieve your toddler of the pain:

  • Give your toddler some cold milk, water, or diluted juice at regular intervals.
  • As a home remedy take equal quantities of hydrogen peroxide and water and mix thoroughly. Gently dab the sores with a cotton swab soaked in this solution. After that, dab using milk of magnesia. You are advised to repeat this at least three times a day to relieve your toddler from any itching sensation and pain. Gradually the sores will disappear.
  • You can try a few other natural home remedies as well. Apply some juice extracted from aloe leaves on the sores. Aloe has great healing power. If aloe is not available, fresh plum juice can also be used.
  • Giving an ice-lolly to your toddler is another good option for soothing the sores.
  • Give your toddler some crushed, refrigerated papaya pulp to eat. Ensure that it is not too cold.

Take your toddler to the doctor if the canker sores do not heal in a couple of weeks.

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