Gingivostomatitis is a condition that may arise in toddlers or young children. It causes painful sores in the mouth area and is the result of the herpes simplex virus. If your child has sores, bleeding gums and a fever, they may have gingivostomatitis. This condition can be spread through saliva, sippy cups, eating utensils, and even shared toys.
If you believe your child has sores as well as bleeding and a fever or other symptoms such as headache, drooling, appetite loss, or exhaustion, take them to the doctor right away. A doctor can take a sample of fluid or tissue from your child’s sores to determine if they have this condition.
In the event your child does have gingivostomatitis, medication may be taken to help reduce swelling, fever, and pain. A numbing medicine may also be recommended to make it easier for your child to eat and drink. Also, ensure your child drinks plenty of water and stays as hydrated as possible You may want to feed them soft, bland food as well as it is typically less painful to chew and swallow. This condition should resolve on its own after about one to two weeks.
Bleeding gums and fever may be the result of gum disease or another condition or issue. A doctor or dentist can inform you of your child’s exact diagnosis. If you are concerned about bleeding gums or a fever as it relates to your toddler, we strongly suggest contacting your primary physician or a respected pediatric dentist as soon as possible. There is no reason to try to self remedy this issue or go online to find the answer. Each case is unique and you will want a medical professional to discuss ways in which you can make life for your toddler much more comfortable.
Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
If your child has bleeding gums and fever and you are wondering what the issue is, we encourage you to call us at 703-348-2813.