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Red Spots on Roof of Mouth and Tongue

My 2-1/2 yr old daughter started running a 104 fever, Monday night and has red spots on the roof of her mouth. Took her to the ER and they did UA, throat swab and took blood. Preliminary results came back fine on everything except her white blood cell count was a little high which they suspect is result of an infection somewhere. They gave her an antibiotic and told me to control the fever with ibuprophen every 6 hours. Last night her mouth looked worse and there seems to be bumps as well as the red spots and she is complaining that it hurst now too. She still has a fever when the ibuprophen wears off too. Has any one had any experience with anything like this? Any idea on what this might be? Suggestion on how to ease the pain? I've been giving her ice chips which help some. Called the doctor and they say its going to be at least another day before the results come in from the lab on all the samples they took in the ER.

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Thank you all for your responses. Her fever broke the day after I posted and the spots and sores in her mouth immediately started to improve. The ped's suspect it was the hand, foot and mouth even though she didnt have anything on her hands or feet. They said at her age sometimes it is only in her mouth. She is much better now and back to her normal self. Thank you!

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As everyone else has mentioned, I too think it's hand, foot, mouth. When my son was a toddler and had it, his ped. prescribed tylenol with codeine to aid the pain and help with the fever. Good luck!

It might be Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease...I live in MO and hear that it's been going around. Good luck!

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It sounds like hand, foot, and mouth disease. It's a viral infection, I did a search for it and here are the symptoms and other things that may be helpful from a site I found...

What are the symptoms?
Children with hand-foot-mouth disease usually start to feel crummy 3 to 7 days after they were exposed. Often, the first thing parents notice is their children’s decreased appetite for solids. Children may also have a fever and a sore throat. A day or two later, many children develop sores in the mouth. They begin as small red spots on the tongue, gums, or mucous membranes. They may blister or form ulcers.

How is it treated?
Antibiotics do not help with hand-foot-mouth disease. The important issues are pain relief and plenty of fluids. Cold liquids and popsicles can be soothing for a child’s sore throat.

How can it be prevented?
The viruses that cause hand-foot-mouth disease are present both in the stool and in the respiratory secretions. It can spread by fecal–oral transmission, droplet transmission, contact transmission, and by means of fomites. Hand cleansing—especially after diapering/toileting and before eating—can help reduce its spread. Children are often kept out of school or daycare for the first several days of the illness, but it is not clear this prevents others from becoming infected. Other children in the class are probably contagious even though they will never develop symptoms

Here's the website I found the info from.


I'm not a dr. of course, so I could be completely wrong :)

Good luck!

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This sound like she might have Hand-Foot-and-Mouth virus. Its going around at the daycare where my son goes. Its characterized by a fever, followed by sores in the mouth and/or hands and/or feet. The information I have read about suggest ibuprophen and lots of fluids to easy the pain. I wish you the best with your little one.

Definately sounds like hand, foot and mouth disease. Unfortunately you just have to ride it out. My 2year old and 9year old both have had this through daycare and it spreads to small children like wild fire. As common as it is, I am very surprised the hospital didn't catch it.

It sounds like she has a yeast infection of the mouth or (thrust)not sure on spelling. Usually it is white spots, but I have heard of them not being white, and just red. Which is an infection of the mouth.

I would check it out again, because obviously your daughter is not feeling well.


My 1 year old just had something similar last week. My ped diagnosed it as herpangina (sounds horrible). He said it's a virus similar to hand-foot-mouth, but with only the mouth part. Very painful and since it's a virus it just needs to run its course. I treated with ibuprofen also and lots of liquids and soft foods. It must really hurt b/c my little guy was screaming in pain. It subsided in about 3 days for him. Good luck!

I've read all the other comments and haven't seen any about consulting your dentist. About 10 years ago, my son had the same symptoms. After going to the doc and having them find nothing, I took him to the dentist. As soon as my son opened his mouth the dentist knew exactly what it was, primary herpes outbreak. It's never happened since and he doesn't get cold sores or fever blisters.

So, give your dentist a try.

My son has a similiar situation when he was about 1 1/2 years old. He had Hand Foot and Mouth Disease. I thought that it was absolutly gross and was totally embarrased when the doc told me. Turns out it is pretty common at that age. They put him on an antibiotic and also gave me something they called "Magic Mouthwash" to numb his mouth.He had strep throat on top of that. It was a pretty rough week or two but it did go away eventually and I have never had the problem since.

Sounds exactly like hand, foot & mouth disease to me. My 18 month old daughter had this a few weeks ago. We were traveling by car for a family wedding when her fever started. We took her to the ER, everything checked out fine. Over the course of the next 2 days she got worse (very high fever that wouldn't come down with tylenol & ibuprofen, very fussy, not eating or drinking) and got dehydrated. She had to have a tube inserted in her nose to get fluids into her stomach. It was not pleasant at all. Do whatever you can to get fluids into her. It resolved over the next few days and she was back to normal. Not sure about me, as this is my first child, and her first serious illness. I was a wreck!

It might be Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease...I live in MO and hear that it's been going around. Good luck!

Has your doctor mentioned that it might be hand, foot, mouth virus?

Hi B.,

I think it sounds like hand, foot, and mouth disease, but of course I am no doctor. My daughter just got over it herself a week or so ago. She is 18 months old. She started out not wanting to eat and then not even wanting to drink fluids. I could tell her throat was sore from the way she would swallow. She also ran a fever for about a week, and I alternated between motrin and tylenol to keep it down. I first noticed a blister on her lip, then looked closer and saw more in her mouth, a day or so later she had some come up on her little hands. They looked pitiful. She just felt bad all over and slept more than usual. The doctor confirmed it was hand, foot, and mouth and told me it was a virus and basically had to run its course. I had to keep her out of daycare for a week. Come to find out there had been a little boy exposed at daycare the prior week and so it spread thru her classroom and they all had it before it was over with. It took my little one 2 weeks before she got her appetite back or seemed like her old self. It is always terrible to know your baby is sick and that there isn't much you can do for them. Just give her lots of extra TLC. Good luck and I hope she gets to feeling better soon for her sake and yours! Have a wonderful day!

Have you asked about hand, foot and mouth? My middle child and youngest has had it and it looks just like you are saying. Check the sides of her feet, her hands and even her butt for little bumps. When my children have gotten it the doctor says just to keep them comfortable. I give them frozen jello pops, popsicles and ice. It usually goes away on its on. I would ask about that...it might be something they just over looked.

My daughter just got over Hand, foot and mouth diease. She had spots in her mouth and high fever too. My other daughter has strep. Not sure this is what yours has but it's good to check it out.

I would call your dentist. They usually will see a 2 year old for free as a consult if you have been a patient there. My guess is that it is either primary herpes outbreak or hand foot mouth disease. If it is a primary herpes outbreak it usually lasts for about 2 weeks.

As everyone else has mentioned, I too think it's hand, foot, mouth. When my son was a toddler and had it, his ped. prescribed tylenol with codeine to aid the pain and help with the fever. Good luck!

Hi B.. My name is T. and I think I may know what your daughter has. I am the mother of two girls, 6 and 4. About 2yrs ago they began a new daycare. Two weeks in they began with the fever and sores in thier mouths and also started developing spots on thier hands and feet. My pediatrician said this was hand foot and mouth disease. It can occur when a child uses the bathroom and does not wash thier hands good enough or when a caregiver changes the diaper of another child, does not wash then has contact with your child. My doc prescribed a steroid and antibiotics, and motrin for pain. It took about 2 weeks to clear it all up. You can check on web.MD for more info if youd like. Hope this helps! ~T.~

I don't want to panic you, but it sounds like hand,foot & mouth virus. The inner mouth and throat get blistered and the virus is a seven to ten day and you will notice exterior spots on the body. Since a fever is present, your daughter will need to stay home for an additonal 24hrs if she does go to daycare. The virus is highly contagious. Just went through it with my granddaughter. I am very surprised the hosiptal did not pick it up. Use foods that do not have vinger base, ketchup, salt. Use baby ceral until the fever and openess is gone. Use yogurt, jello, popcycles, to get through the pain and keep her hydrated. Water, juice, milk.
Tag a note wash hands before and after eating, after playing, and after diaper change or potty. This virus can be eliminate by good hygiene practices such as hand washing. Good luck and use the is web link for more information on Hand, foot and mouth virus.

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