|Back to Index|
|Does this describe your child's symptoms?|
Click image for more info
Canker Sore on Inner Lower Lip
Chickenpox Sores in Mouth
Return to School
|When to Call Your Doctor|
|Call 911 Now (your child may need an ambulance) If|
|Call Your Doctor Now (night or day) If|
|Call Your Doctor Within 24 Hours (between 9 am and 4 pm) If|
|Call Your Doctor During Weekday Office Hours If|
|Parent Care at Home If|
|HOME CARE ADVICE FOR CANKER SORES (HARMLESS MOUTH ULCERS)|
- Canker sores are the #1 cause of mouth ulcers:
- 1 to 3 painful, white ulcers of the inner cheeks, inner lip or gums (no fever).
- Causes include injuries from rough food, tooth brushes, biting, food irritants, etc.
- Liquid Antacid for Pain Relief:
- Use a liquid antacid 4 times per day for pain relief. (Avoid regular mouth washes, because they sting).
- Children over age 4 can use 1 teaspoon (5 ml) as a mouth wash after meals
- For younger children, put ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) in the front of the mouth after meals.
- Pain Medicine: Give acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen for severe pain (especially at bedtime).
- Fluids :
- Offer a soft diet.
- Encourage favorite fluids to prevent dehydration. Cold drinks, milkshakes, and popsicles are especially good.
- Avoid salty foods, citrus fruits and foods that need much chewing.
- For infants, give fluids by cup, spoon or syringe rather than a bottle (Reason: The nipple can cause pain).
- Contagiousness: Canker sores are not contagious. Children with fever or many mouth ulcers need to be examined before returning to child care or school.
- Expected Course: They heal up in 1 to 2 weeks on their own. Once they occur, no treatment can shorten the course, but treatment can reduce the amount of pain.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- Mouth ulcers last over 2 weeks
- Your child becomes worse
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the "Call Your Doctor" symptoms.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Last Reviewed: 9/15/2011
Last Revised: 8/1/2011
Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker
Copyright 1994-2012 Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.