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Mouth Diseases

Baby With Sore Red Holes in His Gum

05/26/2009

Question:

Hello - My baby boy (10 months) had a bunch of the cottage cheese looking stuff (but it wasn`t white - it was more of a cream to brownish color) - so i think it might be thrush?? I am not sure, I took a cotton swab and wiped it away the best I could, and I know it hurt - and after I wiped it away it left holes in his gums and they are really red, sore, and they bleed often. This is the first night I wiped the stuff off, I do not know if it will come back - but in the meantime - what do I do about his gums?

Answer:

Usually oral candidiasis (thrush) does not cause bleeding, so you should make an appointment to see either a pediatrician or an oral pathologist so a definite diagnosis can be made. Without a diagnosis, it would be impossible to recommend treatment.

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Response by:

Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD
Professor of Oral Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University