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Sick toddler, sore gums

This is sort-of-but-not-really a Dr. Eljay post, because I've already sought medical attention, but I'm wondering if your kids ever have problems with inflamed gums?

My two-year-old has been sick for a few days with what seems like a virus. He got sick really fast with a very sore throat and a fairly high fever (up to 102.9 under the arm), and a bit of a runny nose. We're out of town (at my folks' house) so I took him to a drugstore minute clinic to rule out strep throat, and kept in touch with the pediatrician on call back home, who wasn't overly worried.

I was giving him ibuprofen for the pain for the first day and a half, then I switched to acetaminophen which seemed to keep up with the pain better.

On the second day of his illness, his gums started to look swollen and sore. I stupidly forgot to mention this detail to the pediatrician, I was so preoccupied with throat cultures and swine flu and the fever. Today (day 3 of illness) his fever finally came down, and his throat seems to be getting better, but his gums seem even worse (they look like one of those dentist's scary posters about gingivitis) and are painful enough to keep him from eating. I'm not sure if the swollen gums are associated with the original illness or if they are a reaction to the liquid medicine (children's ibuprofen and children's tylenol), which seems to hurt his gums. I have now dropped the medicine altogether as I'm afraid it's actually aggravating the sore mouth. Is that possible? Do any of your kids get sore mouths when they get sick, and/or have you ever been able to trace this to an allergy in an OTC medicine? He's never reacted like that to children's medicine before, but I've also never had to give him so much of it.

I thought of hand-foot-mouth disease, but I think he already had it last summer.


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Sep. 28th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
You can get hand foot and mouth more than once, I think. There are several versions of the coxsackie virus out there.

Call the ped about it again tomorrow morning and mention it...maybe they have some idea?
Sep. 28th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
If he has swollen gums, I would actually be trying the Ibuprofen again. If the swelling persists or worsens, drop it...but Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory.

And for the hand, foot & mouth disease, one of the kiddos in our playgroup has had it three times. So, I'm not sure if you can actually rule it out just due to that. Although, I'm also not familiar with symptomatology so I have no idea if this is even possible for your kiddo.

Do you think he has any teeth bad enough to cause an infection??
Sep. 28th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
I thought it was rare to get it twice, but yeah, I guess it's possible. If he had the associated rash, then I would be sure that's what it was.

I don't know if he could get a gum infection, that's kind of what I'm worried about right now because one of the spots looks kind of bad, and I can't see his whole mouth because he won't let me.

He is so miserable when I give him the medicine, but maybe I'll go back to the ibuprofen again. He's started drinking a little bit again, at least, so maybe I'll see how he does tomorrow.
Sep. 28th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
Some people just have sensitive gums. Everytime my brother gets sick, doesn't matter what kind of sick it is (cold, flu, whatever) his gums get inflamed. Its just how his body reacts.
Sep. 28th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
What helps him when he's got inflamed gums?
Sep. 29th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
He likes zinc lozenges and being really careful to stay away from anything acidic (tomatoes, oranges, etc), and sticks to softish things that won't require flossing after eating.
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