Infantile stomatitis is a very common problem among children and some mothers are frightened by the baby’s insistent crying and the refusal of food that may be the first signs. Infantile stomatitis is a viral proliferation that infests the child’s mouth, usually this disease is caused by the herpes simplex virus.
Infantile stomatitis is very painful and can cause extreme discomfort to the affected baby or child. Sore injury plaques that in contact with any food can be bothersome and cause pain. Most cases of infantile stomatitis affect not only the child’s mouth, but can also affect the throat and esophagus .
Stomatitis canker sores are often whitish and are similar to canker sores that we may have during life, with the aggravating factor being several of those canker sores that are probably “inflamed”.
Most cases of infantile stomatitis occur in colder periods of the year. Closed and crowded environments like a school, for example, is the perfect environment for the proliferation of the HSV-1 virus responsible for the disease.
Symptoms of Infant Stomatitis
Many children affected by stomatitis may have a persistent fever that remains high for more than 3 days as their first symptom. Shortly thereafter, a lack of appetite and constant crying can happen.
Older children will be able to say that something is bothering their mouth or throat. The babies are more vulnerable because they will know not report symptoms and up to Mom check what is going on and if necessary to take the doctor.
- Lack of appetite
- Medium to high fever (can reach 39 °)
- Wounds on the cheek (outside)
- Whitish or reddish sores in the mouth with possible presence of pus plaques
How to Diagnose Infant Stomatitis
Diagnosing children’s stomatitis is relatively simple, a pediatrician on call can easily detect it with a simple clinical examination. Infection of stomatitis in infants and children occurs for several reasons, including and mainly low immunity, but most of the contagion occurs in children aged one to six years and even under one year, most often at school age or in children. daycare centers.
The contagion can happen by skin to skin contact and also put the dirty hand in the mouth, so it is important to wash children’s hands frequently or use a pacifier if he or nozzles to wash and sterilize every day.
Excessive medication, for example, in children undergoing some type of treatment, may develop stomatitis without the contagion having to be done. It would be a natural reaction of the organism.
Treatment of Infant Stomatitis
The treatment of children’s stomatitis is based on painkillers that will certainly relieve pain, but in cases of viruses, there is nothing else to do, because the crisis cannot be cured with antibiotics. Oral and topical medications can be administered to help with pain and fever.
They also serve to facilitate the intake of food and liquids that in these cases are refused by the child because they cause stomatitis pain, home treatment includes cold foods that relieve.
Include intake of cold foods such as yoghurts, ice cream and non-citrus juices that are easy to accept. Fruits are a good choice as well as cooler pasty soups to help with swallowing.
How long does it last
Infantile stomatitis attacks can last from one week to ten days but slow down over time. If the crisis persists for more than ten days, mom should go back to the doctor to check for other viruses or bacteria that can take advantage and create new disease colonies .
Bacteria such as candida and others may have prolonged plaques and wounds that exist at that time will no longer be viral, as the time limit for the virus to become active has already passed.
If the child stomatitis crisis happens again, a doctor should investigate what is happening. Recurrent seizures are usually due to low immunity but an expert assessment is essential.
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent it from 100% preventing your child from contracting stomatitis. Since the virus can be found in both adults and children and is contaminated through contact.
What can be done is to avoid contact with those who are already sick, thus avoiding the risks of the child also having. The same care must be taken when our children have stomatitis, not sending them to school and passing them on to their friends.
My three children had stomatitis, almost at the same time. Joana was hospitalized due to high fever, just to control the temperature and there would be no major consequences because the temperature reached more than 40 °.
With Melissa and Eduardo it was more peaceful, although they did not want to eat properly, the cold or cold forms made a kind of anesthesia and it was relatively quiet.
Don’t be afraid, canker sores dry on their own is a matter of time. The medication is symptomatic, giving time for the virus to regress is essential, but cleaning should be done whenever possible to avoid worsening the condition.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.