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My 20month old has low grade fever (101) swollen painful gums, crying constantly, not eating, blood in mouth after brushing, very bad breath. ?
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Dr. Michelle Marcincuk
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Get this checked
This sounds like stomatitis - a viral infection in the mouth that can be very painful and cause kids to become dehydrated.
It is contagious, so i would keep your child home from daycare until it clears. See your doctor to make sure this is the diagnosis, and it's not something more serious. Also, your doc can suggest some medicines that can help the symptoms.

In brief: Get this checked
This sounds like stomatitis - a viral infection in the mouth that can be very painful and cause kids to become dehydrated.
It is contagious, so i would keep your child home from daycare until it clears. See your doctor to make sure this is the diagnosis, and it's not something more serious. Also, your doc can suggest some medicines that can help the symptoms.
Dr. Michelle Marcincuk
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Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Get him/her checked!
Sounds like an infection.
Given the excellent blood flow in the mouth, infection can spread rapidly. Also, throat/airway complications can quickly result in an unstable kid. Call your pediatrician, and think about visiting the closest children's hospital.

In brief: Get him/her checked!
Sounds like an infection.
Given the excellent blood flow in the mouth, infection can spread rapidly. Also, throat/airway complications can quickly result in an unstable kid. Call your pediatrician, and think about visiting the closest children's hospital.
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Viral
Most likely a viral infection in the mouth and throat.
Hydrate but probably needs to be seen to confirm.

In brief: Viral
Most likely a viral infection in the mouth and throat.
Hydrate but probably needs to be seen to confirm.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics
In brief: Check ears
Check with doctor to see if he has an ear infection.

In brief: Check ears
Check with doctor to see if he has an ear infection.
Dr. Oscar Novick
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: Baby tooth eruption
Your child is at an age where several classes of baby teeth can be coming into the mouth: commonly called teething, it can cause all of the symptoms you describe, even the small temperature change.
It also could be coincident with a viral infection. Look to see if teeth are emerging: bleeding, swelling can be visualized, and very well might be the answer here.

In brief: Baby tooth eruption
Your child is at an age where several classes of baby teeth can be coming into the mouth: commonly called teething, it can cause all of the symptoms you describe, even the small temperature change.
It also could be coincident with a viral infection. Look to see if teeth are emerging: bleeding, swelling can be visualized, and very well might be the answer here.
Dr. David Schleimer
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Dr. David Schleimer
And of course it is a perfect age to have regular dental appointments, and the pedodontist can easily help identify and give you counsel about how to deal with it.
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Dentistry - Cosmetic
In brief: Thrush?
It sounds like a fungal infection called thrush- a fungal infection in the mouth common to children.
Your child needs to be seen by a pedodontist to verify this and to prescribe treatment. If it isn't thrush, the pedodontist will be able to correctly diagnose the problem and treat it!

In brief: Thrush?
It sounds like a fungal infection called thrush- a fungal infection in the mouth common to children.
Your child needs to be seen by a pedodontist to verify this and to prescribe treatment. If it isn't thrush, the pedodontist will be able to correctly diagnose the problem and treat it!
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
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