Topic: Diseases & Conditions
This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about mouth blisters. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.
WHAT CAUSES BLISTERS IN THE MOUTH?
Some infections cause sores in the back of the throat, on the lips or tongue. There may also be swollen, bleeding gums. Sometimes these infections can cause blisters on the hands and feet. Your child may have blisters in all these areas. Your child may have a fever as high as 104°F. When the blisters are in the mouth or on the tongue and lips, your child may not want to eat very much. You may notice your child drooling. The sores which are usually caused by viral infections, may last up to a week or longer.
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY CHILD?
• Antibiotics do not help with viral infections. If the doctor finds another type of infection, your child may be given an antibiotic.
• Your child needs lots of fluids. Cold drinks and popsicles will feel the best. Try soft foods.
• Avoid hard, crunchy, salty, spicy foods or citrus fruits like orange, grapefruit or pineapple. These may cause a burning sensation.
• Acetaminophen (Tylenol®, Panadol®, Tempra®, Liquiprin® is given every four hours for the fever or pain. (_____ teaspoons of Tylenol® liquid or _____ droppers full of Tylenol® drops or _____ chewable tablets).
WHEN SHOULD I CALL THE DOCTOR?
You should call the doctor if your child:
1. has decreased urine;
2. has decreased saliva (spit);
3. has weakness or increased sleepiness; or
4. does not have tears when he or she cries.
Do not give aspirin or aspirin containing products to children.
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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Corregido: 1992, 1994, 1998
The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.
Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.
Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1992, 1994, 1998
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