Blisters on the mouth of the child can be alarming. A blistered tongue and mouth can be caused by hand-foot and mouth diseases. Blisters can develop on the tongue due to injury such as biting on the tongue, burning the tongue by eating hot foods or can be triggered by fungal or bacterial infections. Deficiency in vitamin B complex can also cause blisters on the mouth. The first sign that can be seen on the tongue is a reddish patch and then followed by blisters.
Causes of blisters in children
- Blisters on the tongue can be caused by hand-foot and mouth diseases which is a viral infection and highly contagious.
- Being infected by the Coxsackie A-16 virus caused by an animal-borne disease
- The affected child will have fever with the appearance of blisters
- Blisters can develop inside the cheeks and can become painful and cause discomfort.
- There is difficulty in eating and drinking
- Gargle using salt water to speed up the healing process but this causes additional discomfort for the child. Remember that persevering with this remedy is beneficial in alleviating the symptoms.
- Apply honey on the blisters. Honey has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that lessens the pain caused by the blisters. Honey also relieve the discomfort in the tongue and promotes fast healing of the condition.
- Make a paste by mixing turmeric powder and a few drops of honey. Mix them well to create a paste and then apply it on the sores and blisters to lessen the pain and discomfort.
- Let the child drink 2-3 glasses of cold milk every day. Avoid gulfing the milk down. It should be ingested as slow steady sips to make the milk touch the tongue. Another way is adding turmeric powder to the milk for fast healing of the condition.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day to flush out toxins from the body and prevent dehydration.
- Let the child eat cold yogurt to lessen the pain. Keep the cool yogurt on the tongue for a few minutes before swallowing it.
- Take the prescribed over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to lessen the pain and inflammation.
- Let the affected child gargle mouthwash that contains tea tree oil which has antimicrobial properties that can promote fast healing.
- Apply ice cubes on the affected tongue until the ice melts. Ice lessens the inflammation and numbs the area. Another alternative is eating ice cream or frozen yogurt.
- Avoid giving the affected child foods that he/she is allergic to. Eliminate those foods from the diet to avoid making the condition worse.