2 Year Old with Herpangitis?? Sores in the Mouth with Fever!!!

Updated on June 03, 2010
A.S. asks from Hockessin, DE
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Oh my gosh I have never had to deal with this before. On saturday our daughter who just turned 2 developed a fever and was very fussy. Well as she was crying I notices three white sores under her lip. We took her to the medical clinic (since it was the weekend) and the doctor said she has Herpangina or Herpangitis?? She said it's not Hand,Foot, and Mouth but I guess it's similar in that it's a virus that causes sores in the mouth with headache and fever. Has anyone been through this? My daughter has had her share of illnesses because she is in daycare but this has been horrible for her. The next day her lip was swollen and there were a couple of more sores on her tongue. She has not touched food in two days...obviously..I wouldn't either. She is drinking a little bit. The doctor gave her something called "Magic Mouthwash" which has lidocaine it it and that seems to help a bit. I'm just looking for stories or ideas for food or how long these sores should last. I was just crying after I put her to bed last night because my heart just broke for her and I cannot make her feel better.
Thanks for help.

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So What Happened?

Well thank you for the stories and advice. This has been a horrible week. It got 20 X worse over the days and we ended up in the children's hospital for dehydration. The doc there said it was by far as bad as it gets and said it is the Herpes Symplex virus. There was an anti-viral med they gave us to start and when we were discharged they gave us a pain med which has helped tremendously. It's going on day 6 and I actually saw a glimpse of my daughter today and not the satanic version that has existed this week..ugh. She finally ate a little something today after going with NOTHING for 5 days so I think we have started the healing process. I feel very bad for anyone that has to go through this. Luckily the doc if it comes back again it might just be a cold sore and not this horrific mess she right now.

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answers from Philadelphia on

I think different things can help, but my sister used a lot of vitamin C , fruit juice etc, popsicles

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answers from Boston on

My 1 year old just had this virus! Poor little guy! We just kept him as comfortable as poosible...tylenol and motrin for pain and fever for a couple of days. Offered him everything to eat like yogurt, ice cream, popsicles etc. She will get better in a day or 2, like I said comfort is the key. Good Luck! :)

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answers from St. Louis on

I don't have an answer, just a suggestion. Google it.
Maybe something cool with make her feel better like sherbert, popsicles. Try freezing the yogurts in the tubes. they work great for sore throats.

I am so sorry your little one has to go through this. I pray she gets well fast!

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answers from Harrisburg on

It's actual name is Herpetic gingivostomatitis. It's the same virus that causes cold sores. Some people develop this condition the 1st time they are exposed to the virus, others only develop cold sores & some lucky people are not affected. The fever usually only lasts for a day or two but the sores can last up to 2 weeks. Avoid anything acidic or salty and stock up on popsicles! The pediatric dentist that I worked for prescribed a mouthwash of Mylanta & children's Benadryl, aside from the mouth wash I would give her some Motrin (this works best for mouth pain). My son & I both felt some relief after using the mouthwash. I was oh so lucky to get the virus from my son! Be very careful when brushing your daughter's teeth for the next week or so b/c it feels like you're brushing your teeth & gums w/broken glass...very painful! My son had this on his 2nd birthday & is now 4 and very prone to cold sores. He doesn't get them anywhere near the extent of the 1st outbreak but he can still have 2-3 at a time after a fever. Just something to watch for in the future. Good luck & I hope your daughter is feeling better soon.

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answers from Portland on

I looked this up on the Internet and learned that it usually lasts around 5 days. I wouldn't be concerned about getting her to eat. Just as with other viruses she will have a poor appetite. What is important is keeping her hydrated. Articles suggested that milk and milk products are soothing; yogurt, ice cream, kefir which is a more liquid yogurt. Icy things, like Popsicles, will also somewhat deaden the pain. You can also give her acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the pain.


answers from St. Louis on

My 9 month old was just told he had this last Friday!! We were told in addition to tylenol/motrin to mix 1 ounce Maalox and 1 ounce of Children's Benyadryl and give him 5ML of that every few hours (to coat the throat - guess he's too small for the mouthwash). It's horrible and I can tell he's in so much pain because of the way he's screaming in pain. Breaks my heart so I feel ya!!



answers from Allentown on

My daughter (6 y/o) had this over the winter. The Dr. we saw thought it was strep and put her on an antibiotic...a few days later her brother had the same symptoms and when I took him in another Dr. in the practice said it was this virus. She left my daughter on the antibiotic but becuase it's viral theres not too much to do. All of their blisters were in the back of the throat. The fever only lasted about 24 hours and the blisters were gone shortly after that. I kept them on a liquid and popsicle diet; they really had no appetite anyway. Good luck...hopefully it will clear up quickly...gotta love those viruses.



answers from Allentown on

My daughter had that in the dead of summer just before she turned 2! It was AWFUL!!! She was in so much pain that I couldn't get her to eat anything at one point--not even Ritas!
She, too, got Magic Mouthwash (which, of course, she hated) but it seemed to help some.
I also went to the health food store & got some Boiron tablets for mouth sores (I think they were Borax tablets). Maybe it was just a coincidence, but I tell ya what--within a couple of days or so of her being on those tablets, the sores were gone!
Fruit juice (or better yet--home-made smoothie) popsicles are great for them! I made my own with an organic protien powder mixed in w/ the smoothie so that she was still getting some protien since I couldn't get her to eat anything.

Hope she feels better soon!



answers from Pittsburgh on

We've not had this, but my son had C.diff over the winter and I know how hard it is to see your child in pain. Hang in there... the kids bounce back faster than Mama does! She'll be fine, and in a couple weeks she won't even remember it.