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My 5-year-old has red raised bumps on his tongue that he says

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My 5-year-old has red raised bumps on his tongue that he says are "burning" him periodically now for four days. Tonight after a dinner of grilled chicken, peas and macoroni and cheese, the pain worsened. Also his left ear itched for a while. He stopped eating, drank water and went to bed in mild pain. Is this hives, virus or what in your oppinion? Is there anything safe for him to eat?

This is likely to be aphthous stomatitis. Treatment are following;

1) Benzocaine or Lidocaine gel
2) Amlexanox paste
3) Multivitamin, multimineral; heals them and prevent recurrence.
4) Avoid spicy food.
5) Avoid any kind of chillies.
6) Fruit juices and fruits are good.
7) Breads / toasts / Gems can be given.

The cause of aphthous stomatitis is not clear and is not known. It is suspected to be due to stress, genetic predisposition, local infections, nutritional deficiencies, intestine disorders, food allergy etc.

The other cause can be viral infections. Treatment is same and is a self limiting disorder.

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