How to ease discomfort of mouth ulcers??

*Lisa* - posted on 10/14/2011 ( 51 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old has a mouth full of ulcers. They're on his tongue, lips, inside cheeks and in throat. Doctor says there's nothing to be done but just wait it out. It's horrible! He can't eat, sleep, drink, swallow. Any tips on how to make him feel more comfortable or make the ulcers go away quicker?

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Shantelle - posted on 11/17/2012

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The most helpful and fast acting remedy I've found is honey. Obviously completely natural and my kid loves the taste so its no problem applying.

Connie - posted on 10/14/2011

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my daughter got mouth ulcers (also from a virus) when she was little and the dr told me the same thing but she wouldnt eat or drink and I was terrified so I called a nurse hotline and the nurse told me to go get a bottle of mylanta and right before a meal give her a spoon and let her swish it in her mouth. she said it did not matter if she swallowed it or spit it out. She immediately started eating again and the sores healed quickly. This is how they treat mouth ulcers in the hospital. good luck and God bless!

Gloria - posted on 11/17/2012

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This is going to sound nuts but mix malox and benedryl together and swab mouth ....it helped with my daughter had hand foot and mouth .. you just mix the same amount of each....

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Melissa - posted on 11/17/2012

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Mouth ulcers are a sign of a b vitimin deficiency. That is what I was told by a pharmacist that suggest to me to start taking Stress tabs that are high in b vit. They work great for me but I dont know how to get that for children. Ask a pharmacist.

Kristin - posted on 11/17/2012

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umeboshi paste or plum will help them go away really fast Just the size of a pea one or two times a day.

Melissa - posted on 11/17/2012

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My son had something similar around that age. The dr gave him something called Magic Mouthwash. It was basically mylanta, benedryl & lidocaine. Worked wonders with healing time & pain.

Donna - posted on 11/17/2012

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Ask your doctor to prescribe a lidocaine solution and then mix that with mylanta for taste! The doc and/or pharmacist will explain how to use it. It's numbing and will provide some comfort - particularly for eating.

Carrie - posted on 11/16/2012

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My son is 4 years old and had came down with hand and foot disease. I find that spraying the sores in his mouth with that sore throat spray works the best to take away the pain! I just spray the area that needs it and have him spit out the fluid. We are also pumping the tyaniol every 4 hours to help with the pain. :(

Rebecca - posted on 10/17/2011

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I don't know how well it will work, but you can try gentian violet. It helped by son, but I don't know why your Dr. would not recommend something. You might ask to be certain.

Claire - posted on 10/17/2011

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If your 2 yr old has little blisters on their hands and feet as well as in their mouth it sounds like its hand, foot and mouth. Its a virus and like all viruses cannot be treated. Bonjela might help the mouth ulcers a little and calpol can help with any fever. There is nothing worse than watching your little one suffer and your unable to help. They should clear up soon, if not go back to your doctor and get your baby boy checked out properly. Hope he feels better soonx

Michelle - posted on 10/17/2011

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My son had hand, foot and mouth disease last year and had horrible mouth ulcers which caused him loads of pain. the dr gave us Difflam Forte Anti Inflammatory throat spray. This helped him no end. Hope things are looking up for you both.

Erinna - posted on 10/17/2011

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Dr's wont prescribe the magic mouthwash to any one that is unable to swish and spit...Lidocaine should not be swallowed, but the other two ingredients are baby benadryl and maalox mixed 50/50. When my 18 month old got cocsakie virus which causes horrible mouth ulcerations this mixture seemed to help some.
i know it is horrible to see your little one in so much pain, but he will start to heal up. It took about a month before mine returned to her normal eating habits. She survived on milk, jello, and other soft and relatively flavorless foods.

Mwanaharusi - posted on 10/17/2011

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Hi Lisa,
Iam really feel sory for your child surfering,my advise is for u to be more carefully on the choice of toothpaste may be it is allergic to him.2: the food u prepare for him,3:if he take any kind of sweets or artificial/readymade drinks also can cause allergy to to your kid so try to find out,in our native society we use pure honey mixed with black seeds powder and we give it to the child a teaspoonfull morning before food and evening half an hour before going to bed,for us always it brings good results,also try to give sips of fresh fruit juices and avoid fatty foods. May God help U and the child, Amen

Yvonne - posted on 10/16/2011

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Hi there, my son had ulcers a few times and I've used glycerine syrup, use a cotton bud and dab it onto the ulcers especially just before his night sleep, he will be fine within a day. Sure thing to ease the ulcers quickly, good luck!

Jana - posted on 10/16/2011

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They are related to allergies. I removed wheat from my diet at the first of the year due to other symptoms with my daughter and saw improvement with my canker sores. Now when I get them the duration is half and they are hardly painful. After some research determined that the wheat may have been causing them - the drs always said virus. Not sure why i still get them, may be another allergy. But they are sooo tolerable now. Had some wheat two weeks ago and shortly after the worst sore that I have had in a while, very painful and 2 weeks. Ugh!
You might talk with someone familiar with allergies.

Erin - posted on 10/16/2011

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Yes, SLS causes them in me too. I've never heard of mouth ulcers (not cold sores) being contagious.

Silvia - posted on 10/16/2011

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My husband used to have this kind of problem until one doctor suggested to check the vitamin B12 and that was the whole problem, he has pernicious anemia, that means that his body doesn't absorbed the B12 from his food he has to be injected with vitamin B12 every month as soon as he started to get the injection of this vitamin the ulcers on his mouth went away, do not believed that nothing can be done, when my husband was having this problem they where thinking to testing him for cancer, thanks God this doctor was able to find the source and the cure for this, ask the doctor to test your kid for Vitamin B12 and good luck!

Trina - posted on 10/16/2011

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Try Hydrating ice poles to keep up fluids and numb some of the pain. Goodluck x

Deb - posted on 10/16/2011

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I have worked for a pediatric DDS for 23 years---mix equal parts--children's liquid Benydril and and Maloxx. have him swish it in his mouth. Also helps chemo patients with mouth sores.

Laurie - posted on 10/15/2011

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My daughter had the same thing happen when she was little. The "magic mouthwash" our pediatrician gave her was childrens benedryl mixed with mylanta (50/50). She swished with it and it worked like a charm to take away the pain and speed recovery. Good luck!

Kate CP - posted on 10/15/2011

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I get these, too. I brush my teeth more often but make sure the toothpaste DOES NOT have Sodium Lauryl or Laureth Sulfate in it. These ingredients can cause mouth ulcers in people.

Sahana - posted on 10/15/2011

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Hi Lisa,
like wendy johnston said, curds is very good. another good remedy is "ghee" or clarified butter. take some unsalted butter and boil till golden brown... apply when cool.

Rachel - posted on 10/15/2011

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A mix made of equal parts Bendryl and Malox. He can swallow it and it will ease his throat. My 2yr old had something like this last month and that is what the doc prescribed. Hope he gets better quick!

Sara - posted on 10/15/2011

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I used to heal mine really quickly by rinsing out my mouth with warm salt water twice a day...not sure how to get a two year old to rinse and spit though-maybe just dabbing the ulcers with a salty warm water solution?

Nancy - posted on 10/15/2011

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Another thing that will help and make them heal faster is if you can get him to swish buttermilk around in his mouth works wonders. If he would swallow some would help his throat also and there is nothing in the buttermilk to hurt him.

Megan - posted on 10/15/2011

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It's called hyerpengena not sure of spelling. The only thing to ease it is benadryl mixed with malox. Want cure but ease the pain .Just mix it around in mouth. Highly contaigous.

Monica - posted on 10/15/2011

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Did he tell you if this was from a virus? I'm wondering as he said to wait it out, since there's not much one can do for viruses. My boy, (and me) cuaght hand, foot and mouth disease and the canker sores in the mouth were awful. I found orajel worked for me.

Margaret - posted on 10/15/2011

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Try liquid acidophilus from a health food store. It should be refrigerated. It's the fastest way I know to deal with problems in this area. This will address the imbalance of the friendly flora in your baby's mouth

Erin - posted on 10/15/2011

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I get mouth ulcers when I've eaten something I'm allergic to by accident (peanuts, nuts, gluten). They are VERY painful. I dip a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide and rub it on the spot multiple times a day & use orajel on them. They are related to food allergies & celiac disease. Good luck!

Joan - posted on 10/15/2011

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open an acidophilus capsule in a tiny dish, dampen your finger tip and apply to sore area-from experience I know it eases immediately--you dont even need the real expensive caps-6.95 ones work perfectly

Wendy - posted on 10/15/2011

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When I was a teenager i used to get cankers and the only thing that worked was eating yogurt. Rarely had them after i started eating it.

Carla - posted on 10/15/2011

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Sounds like stomatitis. Very common in young kids. Magic mouthwash is liquid benadryl mixed with liquid lidocaine. Ask your dr to prescribe some. Frozen jello pops work very nicely. Stay away from anything acidic it will burn.

Karen Ann - posted on 10/15/2011

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Fever? Is it viral? When my daughter had Cocsakie they gave her a rinse. Visit your dentist.

Beverly - posted on 10/15/2011

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I have been told they are kanker sores, and I get them all the time. Especially if I am about to be sick or stressed. I can feel that my immune system is a little down. My mom always had me rinse with salt water and tell me to eat slow. If I ate like normal, I'd always bite one of them on accident and be in pain. I still get them to this day and that's what I do. Not as much as when I was young though.

Stephanie - posted on 10/15/2011

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It sounds like cocksackie virus. My 2 yr old has it as well. Mylicon can help and ibuprofen can ease discomfort. Plenty of fluids. Check for foot and hand blisters. Fluid filled.

Laura - posted on 10/15/2011

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When my daughter had this problem the dr. told me to have her drink milk and to use orajel on the sores. Helped her tremendously.

Amelia - posted on 10/15/2011

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has son be checked for allergys?
my son had those for the first part of his life doctors treated it as trush but, with may antibiotic treatments the ulsers stayed . I found out by research that it would be a wheat allergy. And because i was breast feeded i need the fiber to beable to be regular. threw many failed attempts i was forced to stop breast feed as they wanted to put hi, om steroids and because didn't want to medicate him any longer and nothing was working. i then discovered that i need to order formula from the states hypo allergenic. Them for the better part of six month the ulcers finally went away. As for giving him comfort all i can say is keep his room moist and apply polysporne lip chap to the outer ulcers. and tylonal for the pain

Eleanor - posted on 10/15/2011

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liquid benadryl on a q tip works too. The taste may be more tolerable. But the mylanta works better.

Pamela - posted on 10/15/2011

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Many ailments of the mouth and especially teeth can be healed (or in the case of teething....eased) with Oil of Clove Bud.



Pharmacies used to carry this remedy, but the only place I can find it here in Hawai'i is at the local health food store.



Soak a q-tip with the oil and gently swab the ulcers. The taste is strong and the baby may react with tears, but the ulcers should go away if you apply it 3-4 times (or more if needed), per day.



Oil of clove bud is also an excellent remedy to use on any "bad" tooth that is awaiting the dentist's attention.

Julie - posted on 10/15/2011

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hen i was youber i had mouth ulcers, and my mum got an anadin tablet and rubbed it on my tongue. they were gone in no time.hope this helps they are so painful. good luck

Crystal - posted on 10/15/2011

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my sons get those too. the doctor prescribes "magic mouth wash" ...it numbs the ulcers and takes the pain away so they will be able to eat and drink.

Beth - posted on 10/15/2011

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there is a mouth rinse called Biotene which is very soothing & heals mouth sores. minty flavor. perhaps you could try that?

*Lisa* - posted on 10/14/2011

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Thanks guys. He still isn't eating and has added diarrhea to the mix. We have mouth ulcer numbing gel but he won't open his mouth to let me put it on. I'll try the mylanta idea if I can get him to open his mouth!

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Poor thing!! I feel sorry for children who are hurting. =( I get mouth ulcers all the time (tomatoes) and I keep baby orajel with me and just a dab around the area to keep the pain and discomfort away so I can sleep. I would try that, couldn't hurt.

*Lisa* - posted on 10/14/2011

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Nope not thrush. A virus. Doc said there's nothing he can give him. :( He has been waking every hour or so crying for the past 2 nights and not eating. Very worrying!

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