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My 4 Year Old Has Canker Sores All The Time?

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  • Posted By: SUGARBABY
  • June 16, 2008
  • 03:27 AM

Hello My 4 Year Old Lil Boy Has Canker Sores All The Time. I Was Wondering If Anyone Has Ever Been To The Doctor For This? I Want To Take Him. But I Also Would Like To Know All The Test That Can Be Done. So We Can Find Out What Are Causeing These Painful Sores In His Mouth...thanks For All The Suggestions They Will Be Very Helpful To Us.

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  • Recurrent canker sores afflict 20% of us. That means 56 million Americans suffer from these small but painful ulcers. Fortunately - there's help. New research shows that safe, natural remedies are the top defense in the battle with canker sores. What are Canker sores? Canker sores are shallow, painful sores on the inside of the lips, the inside of the cheeks, or on the gums. They begin as small, reddish swellings. Then they burst, and the ruptured sores are covered with a white or yellow membrane. The edges of the sores are still red, and look like a painful red halo. Without treatment, canker sores (medically: aphthous ulcers) heal in 2 to 3 weeks. Who Gets Canker Sores Anyone can get canker sores, but they are most common among teenagers and those in their twenties. Women are slightly more likely to get canker sores than men. Some people have one or two episodes a year; others have almost continual problems. What Causes Canker Sores According to leading expert Brad Rodu, D.D.S. of the University of Alabama School of Medicine - we don't know. "Researchers have looked for the reasons that mouth ulcers develop in the first place," says Dr. Rodu. "Nobody has been able to get a handle on them." There is some evidence about causes though. One study done in England showed that in about 20% of canker sore patients, the sores were due in part to nutritional deficiencies - lack of B12 (common in vegetarians), folic acid and iron. Gastrointestinal problems appear to be correlated with canker sores as well.The sores appear during times of stress, or as a reaction to hormonal imbalances in women. Pregnancy often causes remission. A tendency to get canker sores may be inherited. Traditional Prevention and Treatment Patients who have frequent canker sores can try dietary supplements, or undergo blood and allergy tests to see if these tests can determine a cause. There are several treatments for reducing both the pain and the duration of the sores - anti-inflammatory steroid mouthwashes, analgesics, and numbing ointments containing benzocaine. Certain foods should be avoided, if for no other reason than that eating them is painful. Citrus fruits may exacerbate the sores. According to Dr. Julian Whitaker, eating yogurt with active lactobacillus cultures may prevent outbreaks. New Topical Treatments There's good news - and lots of it - about new treatments for canker sores. And much of the excitement is being generated by research on safe and natural herbs, amino acids and other natural substances. In one study, deglycyrrhizinated licorice was applied topically on 20 canker sore patients. Within one day, the patients showed a 50%-75% improvement, and within three days all of them were symptom-free.(J Assoc Physicians India. 1989 Oct;37(10):647.) Although some licorice products can be contraindicated for those with high blood pressure, deglycyrrhizinated licorice has shown no tendency to raise blood pressure. Another study suggests that bee propolis is an effective topical treatment for canker sores and for oral gingivitis. Propolis has been used as an oral lesion treatment for centuries, and this Cuban study (Rev Cubana Estomatol. 1988 Sep-Dec) confirms that results are good. In addition, herbs like menthol and clove bud oil can be used to numb the area, and provide topical pain relief. One chronic canker store sufferer from Denver, Colorado is only one of many patients who have attained relief with natural, topical preparations. "My canker sores used to last 2 weeks," she reported. "Since I've been using a natural preparation of lysine, propolis, licorice and other herbs, they're gone within a couple of days. This natural preparation has changed my life." Another woman from Brooklyn, NY agrees. "I tried all the drug store remedies," he reports. "They provided topical relief, but my sores still lasted 2 weeks. With the natural, lysine preparations, I get topical relief AND I get rid of the sores more quickly." Dr. James Bach, author of Prescription for Nutritional Healing concurs. "Goldenseal extract or tea tree oil, applied gently on the sore twice during the day and again at bedtime, helps to speed healing." So while science continues to seek the causes of canker sores, patients are finding quick, natural relief. "Look for products with tea tree oil, goldenseal, propolis, licorice, myrrh, and lysine," suggests, Bruce Schennum, director of research and education at Quantum Inc. "Those are the healing nutrients that are backed by research." Lifestyle changes for Canker Sores - Eat raw onions and yogurt. Avoid sugar, citrus fruits and processed food. - Check for nutritional deficiencies. - Avoid chewing gum, tobacco, mouthwash and coffee. - Manage stress levels. - Consult your dentist or doctor if you have a mouth sore that won't heal. View Canker Care+ View Canker Cover One of my best friends has an allergy to most kinds of fruit, and if she eats fruit she's not supposed to it gives her cankersores.
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies Flag this Response
  • Canker sores are caused by a herpes virus. Better to let your pediatrician know rather than try to treat your little one yourself, although the previous suggestions are good ones.
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank You For All The Information I'm Calling His Doctor Today To Get An Appointment. I Will Let You Know What Happens Thanks
    SUGARBABY 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • It can come from a nutritional deficiency if a canker sore and not herpes virus. Your doctor can do some lab work and check out a variety of factors. This is good for either:http://www.lauricidin.com/
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Canker sores are caused by a herpes virus. Better to let your pediatrician know rather than try to treat your little one yourself, although the previous suggestions are good ones. I thought cold sores on the mouth were caused by herpes I...canker sores - the usually very painful ones inside the mouth - I thought these were caused by various factors including allergies and nutritional deficiencies. Check your toothpaste and consider finding one that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate. This simple change worked wonders for me. Best wishesDOM
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  • Hello Thanks For All The Tips...i Called The Doctor And Talked To His Nures She Said It Could Be A Cold That He Had And Sometimes It Comes Out In A Sore In His Mouth. So I Said Something About The Food Allergies And Testing His Blood. Which She Has Never Heard Of. So She Is Going To Ask The Doctor And Call Me Back. If Not I Will Be Calling Her In The Morning.Thanks
    SUGARBABY 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Ok An Up Date : The Nurse Call And Said The Doctor Said It Could Not Be Cause By A Food Allergy. He Has An Appoinment At 930am Tomorrow So I Hope He Will Test His Blood Or Some Thing?
    SUGARBABY 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • hmmm... that's odd maybe what my friend has isn't actually an allergy to the fruit, but a problem with citrus, or something like that.. the info i posted before suggested citrus should be avoided. I looked up the ingredient in toothpaste acuann mentioned, and the info said it was one of the most commonly used poisons in the world, I don't know that its been proven, but I agree that might be worth looking into if the doctor doesn't find an explanation. I hope everything goes well at the doctor tomorrow.
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank You... I Hope All Goes Well Also.. I Looked Up Some Info And It Say's Your Doctor May Want To Do A Blood Test To Find Out If Another Condition -such As A Vitamin Deficiency, A Problem With Your Immune System,or Even A Food Allergy - Could Be Contributing To The Sores. So I Will See What The Doctor Says Tomorrow
    SUGARBABY 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Ok Took My Son To The Doctor And What Do You Know....no Testing At All Just Told To Give A Multi-vitiam.....every Thing I Was Told On Here But There Is Not Really And Answer Why People Get Them...thats Why They Say It Could Be So Many Things....so Im Looking For Another Doctor????
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  • Ok Took My Son To The Doctor And What Do You Know....no Testing At All Just Told To Give A Multi-vitiam.....every Thing I Was Told On Here But There Is Not Really And Answer Why People Get Them...thats Why They Say It Could Be So Many Things....so Im Looking For Another Doctor???? I honestly don't think you are going to get a definitive answer from any doctor on this. Please visit this site: http://www.1stholistic.com/Nutrition/hol_nutr-def-symptoms.htm It lists nutritional deficiencies and their symptoms - very helpful. I would look into essential fatty acids (they make a kids chewable one) and the B vitamins and try supplementing and see if this helps. I would also switch his toothpaste and see if this helps. No sodium lauryl sulfate. You can find good supplements or toothpaste at a good healthfood store or online. This may take a few weeks to get his symptoms under control. Look at his diet - what foods/drink does he eat/drink regularly? Any food cravings? DOM
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  • I would get a second opinion. This doctor does not seem to want to find an answer.
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies Flag this Response
  • I also have a 4 year old with constant canker sores. Along with a 14 year old. both daughters started at approx. 3 years of age. My younger one has a huge canker right now on her lip. It is super painful and awful to hear her cry. She usually gets them inside the mouth..this is the first time we can see it. My 14 year old can get many at one time and we tried everything from toothpaste to diet to talking to our dentist and pediatrician. There is no solution. I absolutely think it is hereditary since my brother (now in late 20's) would get dozens at one time growing up.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 16, 2008
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  • There are two different symptoms for two different outbreaks. The canker sore is always found inside the mouth can be very painful. If the soer is on the outside of teh lips and starts with a hard bump before developing into a sore then it is a fever blister. You can try this to see if it helps. Pick up some "Tea TRee" oil from your local Walmart, Drugstore or Health food store. Place a drop (only 1 drop) on your finger or Q tip if you want and dab it on the sore. It will cause the sore to help go away. If you start it on a fever blister when it is still a hard bump the blister will disappear normally within 1 day. If the sore scabs over keep it moist with somethig like Burts Bees, Blistex or similar. One word of warning to you. It smells bad and tastes worse. But it is harmless and you only use 1 drop at a time. Hope this helps.
    Nutritionist7 16 Replies
    • October 17, 2008
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  • Again, I used to get multiple horribly painful canker sores, sometimes 7 or 8 at a time. They are unbelieveably painful:mad:! Since I have been more diligent with taking a good food based multivitamin ( I like Bluebonnet's multi, or Peter Gilhian's Organic Life vitamins), as well as B12 methylcobalamin lozenges every other day, I have not gotten a canker sore in over two years. You might want to look at iron deficiency and vit D as well. There is a nutritional connection to this! It is worth looking into, and most allopathic docs have had nearly no training in nutrition. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • October 21, 2008
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  • These can be caused by celiac disease: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/ Also, virally caused canker sores may be eased by supplementing with l-lysine, an essential amino acid: http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/articles/613.html
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • October 22, 2008
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  • Hello My 4 Year Old Lil Boy Has Canker Sores All The Time. I Was Wondering If Anyone Has Ever Been To The Doctor For This? I Want To Take Him. But I Also Would Like To Know All The Test That Can Be Done. So We Can Find Out What Are Causeing These Painful Sores In His Mouth...thanks For All The Suggestions They Will Be Very Helpful To Us.Four years ago, in June of 06 I started to get recurrent Canker Sores. This lasted for 6 months, I had a constant canker in my mouth. I switched to different brands of toothpaste, none of which worked. I finally found a natural brand of tootpaste called Jason Sea Fresh. This brand does not contain SLS ( a chemical which can cause cankers.) The cankers immediate stopped. It was like a miracle! I have reccommened it to others and it has worked for them. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello My 4 Year Old Lil Boy Has Canker Sores All The Time. I Was Wondering If Anyone Has Ever Been To The Doctor For This? I Want To Take Him. But I Also Would Like To Know All The Test That Can Be Done. So We Can Find Out What Are Causeing These Painful Sores In His Mouth...thanks For All The Suggestions They Will Be Very Helpful To Us. Just a thought, I used to have canker sores all the time and it turned out to be one of my many symtons of celiac disease. Try illuminating gluten (wheat) from his diet. If this is the cause get it checked out before a lifetime of unknown symptons and years of trying to get diagnoised. Good luck.
    chelsea girl 10 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello My 4 Year Old Lil Boy Has Canker Sores All The Time. I Was Wondering If Anyone Has Ever Been To The Doctor For This? I Want To Take Him. But I Also Would Like To Know All The Test That Can Be Done. So We Can Find Out What Are Causeing These Painful Sores In His Mouth...thanks For All The Suggestions They Will Be Very Helpful To Us. Hi, I used to get canker sores all the time and it turned out to be one of the numerous symptons of celiac disease. Your son could be allergic to gluten which is found in many foods like bread etc. Put him on a gluten free diet and see if there are changes. be patient it wont happen overnight. Good luck let me know how this works out. P.S. celiac disease is where the small intestine can not absorb nutrition therefore causing many problems he may not be absorbing the right nutritions and can cause cancer of the intestine check it out.
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  • Canker sores are caused by a herpes virus. Better to let your pediatrician know rather than try to treat your little one yourself, although the previous suggestions are good ones.I am sorry, but canker sores ARE NOT cause by a herpes virus. Actually, no one knows 100% what the cause is. My husband suffers from them, with outbreaks during times of stress....and now so does out daughter. Here is a good reference to read:http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/health/fever-blister/fever-canker.htmlI would try the holistic approach... we have had no luck with lysine, but some luck with clove bud oil.good luck!
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