Stomatitis is an infection in the mouth, usually found in children. Stomatitis generally manifests itself as inflammation in patients around the age of six. So, what do you do if your child gets stomatitis, and what are some of the other signs to keep an eye out for? We’ll go over all this so that you can be prepared.
Stomatitis: The Different Types of Infection
Cold and canker sores
Detecting stomatitis is rather easy. This infection manifests itself in two different ways inside the mouth. If your child is complaining about soreness in the mouth, check for stomatitis symptoms of either canker sores or cold sores.
Canker sores are quite a nuisance, especially in younger children. They find themselves in often inconvenient and uncomfortable places that even adults have trouble ignoring.
Even worse than canker sores are cold sores. Despite cold sores being rather small, these can still cause some discomfort. Cold sores are yellowish, full of fluid, but appear in dry, painful areas in or around the mouth. However, cold sores often don’t last longer than a week.
Causes of stomatitis
In children, the most common causes of stomatitis are bacterial infections and poorly fitting braces. It isn’t too uncommon for braces to jab a child’s inner cheek, causing it to swell up and get infected. Always make sure your child leaves the orthodontist’s chair feeling completely comfortable.
Other causes of stomatitis include:
- Weak immune system
- Medication (although rare, some medications can cause oral health issues)
- Stress and anxiety
Treating stomatitis starts with a visit to your dentist. They can diagnose the issue and give you a reasonable treatment plan. If an allergic reaction causes the stomatitis, a visit to your healthcare provider is vital. That way, you can identify what you’re allergic to and take steps to eliminate the side-effects.
Similarly, if it’s caused by a serious disease or viral infection, you’ll need to visit a doctor. Only a doctor can prescribe you the necessary medication. At this point, it’s important (if advisable) to use mouthwash and brush softly but thoroughly.
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