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3 1/2 Year Old Has a Cold Sore!

So I noticed this little mark under my 3 1/2 year old's lip yesterday and this morning it is a little bigger and is blister-like. I think it's a cold sore. I get them from time to time, so I know that the virus can just be in your system, but I didn't think he would start getting them so young. Has anyone ever seen a child this young get one? Can I put something like Abreva on it, or should I take him to the doctor?

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Could be impetigo, too. My friend's daughter had it recently and it started right where you're describing.

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HI J.,

No one gets cold sores unless their immune system is compromised (thus the name....usually you get them after an illness before you're back on your feet.) High grade tea tree oil will clear it up in a few days. Your little one also needs to be on an absorbable multivitamin/mineral complex. I can recommend one if you like. Avoid the Flintstone and Flintstone types at Walmart as they actually break down the immune system by causing free radicals. Free radicals leave your body wide open for major diseases.

At three, I wouldn't try anything else. L-Lysine for an adult helps. It's the amino acid that is depleted in illness that allows the sore to develop. If you replenish the L-Lysine the sore will go away. Remember his immune system is low so he's susceptible to other things right now as well.

God bless,

M.

Talk to the doctor before you do anything. Abreva, while over the counter, may not be approved for a child that young and is certainly formulated for an adult dosage vs. a young child's.

If you've kissed him or given him a drink/bite of food while you had an active lesion, it's completely possible to have passed it along to him. As a virus, there's no cure, only treatment, and the opportunity to shorten the time of infection.

Lyseine products are most often recommended, but because of his age, I would not treat until you know, for sure, that it's recommended by your pediatrician and won't cause more risks than benefits.

my daughter who is now 11 has been getting them since the age of 4. I took her to the doctor and was told that her adrenaline is what was causing them so I started to take notes on when she got them, any time she was excited about something they would just pop up, so around her birthday, Christmas you name it she got one. i tried using those over the counter meds but they would burn her lip and leave scabs so what I have been using and what seems to work is Carmax. it won't take them away but it will shorten the time.
good luck :)

The easiest and quickest way to thwart a cold sore forming completely is to get an ICE CUBE and put it directly on the lip....or wherever it is starting...as soon as you feel the first TINGLE of the cold sore forming. In the case of your toddler, it will have to be as SOON as you first notice any redness, swelling or whatever!

I have had them-and fought them-since I was a kid and this is the easiest and cheapest method you can use. Just put the ice directly on the sore and hold it there as long as you can tolerate it. Wrap the ice cube in a napkin and let the toddler hold it himself...he will not leave it long enough to damage the skin! Do this every few minutes and you will soon see/feel the difference....no more tingling, no more redness, no more swelling!

Honestly, it DOES work! I took Acyclovir (very expensive!) for years to avoid breaking out because I had atypical outbreaks on my nose, on my chin, cheeks, weird places! No more...now I grab an ice cube and within the hour all signs and symptoms are GONE!!

Good luck to all of you...they really are miserable to live with, but we don't have to do it anymore! Just grab the ice and freeze it away!

Sadly, my little boy has been getting cold sores (and related tongue cankersores) since he was almost 2 years old (he's now almost 3). Such a bummer virus, but now that we know he is prone to such cold sores, we know to go to the pediatrician as soon as we see one forming and get a prescription for Acyclovir, which shortens the duration and severity. I believe the other topical OTC ointments and creams only temporarily alleviate the symptoms. Curiously, my DH and I have never had cold sores, but as most people carry the latent virus, you never know who will manifest the symptoms. In any case, since it's just so sad to see our little boy not being able to eat properly because his mouth really hurts, we've found that the Acyclovir worked well for him ... Good luck.

Unfortunately my son got herpes simplex 1 (that's a cold sore) around his eye at the age of 2.5 :0( It started out as a bump and the doctors thought it was a sty.. After giving him antibiotics and it not working (because herpes is viral) they sent me to a eye doctor who cultured it and told me it was herpes simplex 1.. He could of gotten it from ANYWHERE....So yes, they can most definitely get it at a young age.. Good luck!

Could be impetigo, too. My friend's daughter had it recently and it started right where you're describing.

You can shed the virus even if you do not have an active sore, so it's very possible to pass on the virus without a sore being present. Over 80% of the population has been exposed, so this is nothing to freak out about. Go see your doctor and find out if Abreva is ok to use, because I know from experience it works very well. L-lysine supplements work very well. I wouldn't put undiluted tea tree oil on the skin, as it can burn/irritate it, but you can dilute it in something like olive oil, check out natural health websites to find out the dilution ratio. And, like the other poster said, keep his immune system strong and healthy with a good diet and vitamin supplements, he will experience fewer outbreaks.

Good luck.

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