ORAL HEALTH : Why does my young child keep having mouth ulcers ?

Mouth ulcers

Mouth ulcers are little sores that come up inside the mouth, on the tongue or on the gums. Mouth ulcers can be quite painful, but your child doesn’t usually need to see a doctor.

Mouth ulcers usually look like round, white sores on the inner lining of your child’s mouth, or on the surface of her gums or tongue.

These sores can be painful, especially when your child eats salty or spicy foods. Sometimes your child might even refuse food until the ulcers begin to heal.

If an infection is causing the ulcers, your child might also have a fever.

When to see a doctor about mouth ulcers

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If you think your child might have ulcers related to a mouth infection, it’s a good idea to see your GP.

You should seek urgent medical advice if your child develops severe mouth ulcers with symptoms of general illness like: weight loss, tummy pain, unexplained fevers, blood or mucus in his poo, neck stiffness and tiredness, ulcers around his anus.

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