Gingivostomatitis is an infection that is caused by the same herpes virus that causes fever blisters and cold sores. It is most common in younger children, aged 6 months to 5 years and is highly contagious.
 
Symptoms will usually begin to show up about 2 to 12 days after your child has had contact with an infected person. The symptoms include a high fever, swollen glands, irritability, loss of appetite and small blisters on your child's gums and inside the mouth. The blisters turn into ulcers and become very painful.
 
Gingivostomatitis can be treated at home, but it’s probably a good idea to contact your paediatrician who can offer you advice on the best way to treat the condition. Normally the treatment consists of bed rest, plenty of fluids and children’s pain and fever medication.
 
To relieve the pain cause by the ulcers in the mouth there are some topical pain medicines that may be helpful. You can also have your pharmacy mix equal parts of liquid Benadryl and Maalox. This concoction can be used to coat the mouth ulcers. But, if your child tends to swallow the mixture you need to be careful to not exceed the recommended dosages of Benadryl for your child’s age and size.

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