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How can i treat my child's cold sores?

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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Time and pain meds: Cold sores are caused by viruses. The good news is that they will go away on their own. The bad news...there's not much that you can do to expedite it. For the most part, if the cold sores are painful, you can give your child pain meds (Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen). Always check with your pediatrician if you don't know the dose or if you are not sure if that medicine is appropriate.
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Popsicles!: That's right, popsicles. Cold and soothing, sometimes it's the only thing kids are willing to try when their mouth is so sore. Popsicles distract from the pain, while affording some much-needed hydration in a child who is probably avoiding, if not flat-out refusing, most food. Avoid citrus juices (painful). Make your own to save money. If your child is dehydrated, try pedialyte pops.
Dr. Andrew Vendelis
Dentistry 54 years experience
How many?: How many sores does he have? How often does he get them. Where are they located? How old is your child. Are you sure that they are cold sores. If they are chronic and debilitating intra oral medication taken daily may prevent, or they could treated with a ointment to alleviate the symptoms. Most cold sores will heal within 7-10 days with or without treatment.
Dr. Dave Burns
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Fever blisters: Cold sores (also called fever blisters.) groups of fluid-filled blisters that often erupt around the lips and sometimes under the nose or around the chin. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 and are very contagious. The initial infection (primary herpes) may be confused with a cold or flu and can cause painful lesions to erupt throughout the mouth. Once a person is infected wi.
Dr. Aaron Cregger
Dentistry 15 years experience
Topical: Ambesol or orabase are 2 good topicals you can get at most pharmacies. If is severe your dentist may be able to prescribe viscous Lidocaine if appropriate!

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