Fever blisters, also known as cold sores, are caused by the Herpes Simplex virus. The virus may infect people of any age, but the ailment is very common in babies and toddlers.
Fever blisters usually occur outside the mouth, chin, cheeks and lips, though these blisters can occur inside the mouth too. If the fever blisters happen to occur inside the mouth, it will be on the non movable parts like upper jaw or gums. Fever blisters do not appear on the tongue or soft palate. The blisters inside the mouth are...
...much smaller and heal faster than those outside the mouth. Fever blisters are very painful and filled with fluid. The virus hides in the nerve cells of the face. It is highly contagious. Not all infected toddlers develop fever blisters. Some of them transmit the virus to other babies or toddlers without experiencing any symptoms of the disease. In such cases, it is very difficult to predict and take precautionary action.
The most common symptoms that accompany fever blisters on toddlers are:
The infectious virus stays in the body and a re-occurrence of the attacks may take place. Recurrence of fever blister in toddlers can be due to the following reasons:
Though there is no cure for the condition and medication is required to treat the pain due to the sores and to protect the toddler from other bacterial infections. The measures that must be taken to treat toddler fever blisters are: