Herpes gingivostomatitis (say "JIN-juh-voh-stoh-muh-TY-tus") is a viral infection, caused by the same virus as cold sores or fever blisters. But in this case, the sores are inside the mouth and down the throat. It most often happens the first time your child is infected with this virus. Later outbreaks on the lips or inside the mouth are called cold sores. The sores are painful. The pain can make it hard for your child to eat and drink. Your child may also have a fever.
The sores and swelling will go away on their own in 1 to 2 weeks.
Your child may need to stay home from daycare or school until the sores and swelling are gone. That's because the infection is easily spread to others. Children can spread it through their saliva (drool) to items such as toys or cups. They can also spread it to others through touch during play.
Your child may be grumpy, fussy, and restless because of the pain. There are things you can do at home that may help.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 28, 2018
Patrice Burgess, MD, FAAFP - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
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