Canker sores can make your child feel uncomfortable, but they usually don’t cause any serious problems. It’s important to understand more about these sores so you can make sure your child receives medical care for them if necessary.
What Are Canker Sores in Children?
Canker sores are sores that develop in certain areas of a child’s mouth. These sores aren’t contagious like cold sores are, and they’re not caused by a viral infection. While they are usually mild, some children end up needing treatment for these sores.
What Causes Canker Sores in a Child?
The exact cause of canker sores in children isn’t fully known. However, there are some factors that could contribute to them, such as a diet low in vitamin B12 and other nutrients. Other risk factors that can increase a child’s chance of having canker sores include mouth trauma or injuries. Children who bite their lip might have a higher risk of having canker sores.
Who Gets Canker Sores?
Anyone, including toddlers, can get canker sores. These sores occur more often in children and young adults who are in their early 20s. Females also have a higher chance of getting canker sores than males.
What Are the Symptoms of Canker Sores in a Child?
Canker sores show up as small, round sores covered in a whitish or yellowish color. These sores, which can develop on a child’s lips, cheeks, tongue or gums, are usually red around the edges. Canker sores typically cause soreness to some degree when children have them. This soreness most often gets worse for a few days before easing up. These sores can develop either alone or in small groups.
How Are Canker Sores Diagnosed in a Child?
Doctors can usually diagnose canker sores by looking at them and going over a child’s medical history. These tests are generally only done if children keep getting canker sores or if their canker sores are severe.
How Are Canker Sores in Children Treated?
Canker sores don’t necessarily need treatment. Some of these sores end up going away on their own, although this can take a couple of weeks to happen. In the meantime, your dentist can recommend ways to relieve any pain or discomfort that these sores are causing your child. Some of these might include avoiding salty foods and other foods that could irritate sores and brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
When Should I See a Doctor for Canker Sores in My Child?
You should see a doctor or dentist for canker sores if these sores are severe or if your child gets them often. You should also see a doctor or dentist if your child’s canker sores aren’t going away or improving, even after a couple or a few weeks of treatment. They might recommend a different form of treatment, such as topical medicine.
If your child has canker sores and needs treatment, make an appointment today with Park View Pediatric Dentistry. Our entire staff will make you and your child feel welcome and comfortable in our child-friendly office.