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My poor little two year old has tonsilitis.......started antibiotics on fri so I think that's getting better- but on top of it we discovered a big ulcer on the side of his tongue. Eating is very painful for him, he puts something in his mouth then cries and spits it out and becomes very frustrated and upset, so that it is very hard to calm him down. He ate some custard and pureed fruit the first day, but today wouldn't even try it, and hardly drank any of the milkshake I made him. He won't eat soup or anything cold like iceblocks or icecream......having already been a fussy finger food type eater anyway. When he gets really upset he won't even drink his water. He is obviously miserable due to lack of energy and hunger.......I find myself at mealtimes bursting into tears along with him! I put bonjela on his tongue which I think stings at first because he screams in pain. It breaks my heart to see my usually cheerful and easy going toddler like this!
I know there's probably not a lot I can do, and it will just get better on it's own......just needed to vent. I would appreciate any input though :rolleyes:
I remember my mum giving us vegemite for mouth ulcers as children, she either gave it to us straight or mixed in water. I think this was for the vitamin D? maybe in vegemite.
Good luck and I hope your little one starts to feel better real quick
I have had mouth ulcers come and go for as long as I can remember, Vegemite would really, really sting.
From the chemist you can get SM 33 gel which is a mouth ulcer treatment. Try putting it on about 10mins before you try food with him. My son 2.5 had one a while ago and I used it on him and it seemed to work, but not much stops him eating anyway.
Maybe even resort to a dose of panadol, his throat might be sore from the tonsillitis so that might help too.
Poor little bugger they can be so painful
Another one here that has always had mouth ulcers. If you get them on an ongoing basis it is probably a vitamin b deficiency I take supplements which really works for me. If I am slack and don't take them, the ulcers come back. So if your son continues to get them try to boost the vitamin b rich foods as I am not sure that there are any vitamin b specific supplements for toddlers.
Once you have an ulcer, avoid acidic food, vegemite or anything salty as the salt stings. Ironically I found chocolate is worse thing of all, it really burns the ulcer. As already suggested just use sm33 or bonjela. I hope it clears up quickly as ulcers are the most horrible things.
At the recommendation of a doctor friend of ours, I gave William Nilstat Oral when he had a spate of nasty ulcers after antibiotics. It is usually for oral thrush but it worked amazingly well. The chemist will probably grill you on why you are buying it but stick to your guns.
thanks for suggestions girls! After a bit of research I found out that the poor little bugger doesn't have tonsillitis- the doctor at the medical centre just jumped to that conclusion since I had had it. Paddy also has a coldsore on his top lip (thanks to kisses from Daddy who had an outbreak a week or so ago and was trying to be careful but I guess it was too late). I read about the herpes virus, which apparently with little kids can also mean an outbreak of mouth ulcers. His regular doctor confirmed this today, saying he's got what is commonly called 'trench mouth' , with an ulcer on his tongue and very inflamed sore gums. He also said there is nothing really can be done about it :( Poor baby is so miserable and still not eating. I will ask about the nilstat oral tomorrow Will'smum ta!
There is some goo you can get from the chemist which seals the ulcers so you can eat.
It's called Orabase Gel. Tacky as anything, but really does help.
I didn't realise there were so many of us that suffered mouth ulcers. Geez I thought I was the only one. I have been through so many different types of theories - lack of Vit. C, lack of Vit B and D. And of course stress.
Anyway I came across a solution - and I haven't had any since. I discovered it in NZ of all places. Honey. It is a simple, and delicious way of keeping those nasty, uncomfortable things at bay. You can simply give it to your 2 y.o. on a spoon, and I find a teaspoon a day is all you need. But you need to have it everyday. I know honey is expensive at the moment, but it is really worthwhile when you can eat and enjoy food.
However, if there is an outbreak, at nighttime before bed apply this gel like substance called Kenalog gel. It can be purchased over the counter at the chemist. It will put a protective layer over the infected area, and it heals a lot quicker. It doesn't taste like anything, so you shouldn't have any problems, and if he is asleep - won't even know its there.
i get mouth ulcers on the side of my tongue & the only thing that will clear them up is bonjela or any baby teething gel
Clairbear your poor little guy that is awful. I would be using panadol as well to give him a bit of relief.
Melbee try the vitamin b supplements they could help prevent your ulcers.
Thanks again for all your suggestions! Poor little bugger is actually a little better tonight...he ate some grated cheese and stale (soft) biscuits for dinner as well as a big milkshake! The ulcer in his mouth is healing, his top gums still look so red and sore, and his coldsore on the lip looks awful...he's been scratching it in his cot, and short of putting boxing gloves on him I don't know how to prevent that!
Too scared to put zovirax or any of those strong creams on him...just been using pawpaw.
:) Welcome to the joys of parenthood ay? I realise I've been pretty spoiled so far, he's luckily avoided too many illnesses in his first two years, guess there's heaps more illnesses and injuries down the track for him.......it warmed my heart to see him more like his old happy self this afternoon.
Like me my son gets mouth ulcers from certain fruits and like another post said Sm 33 is great. I have found its the best thing for teething and it seems to clear ulcers overnight.
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