Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are painful sores that crop up on or around the lip or nasal region. Caused by the herpes simplex I virus, the majority of the world’s population carries the virus if they have an epidemic or not. Cold sores typically last for 2 weeks, and occasionally spread before the recovery process begins. Somewhat painful, they can make your child self-conscious and uncomfortable in their physical appearance.
Cold Sores Vs Canker Sores
Cold sores are sometimes confused with canker sores. Canker sores only erupt within the mouth and have a crater-like look. Cold sores erupt outside the mouth, or infrequently, just inside the mouth. Although less common, they can also occur elsewhere, like the face, the chest, hands or fingers. They look like a blister or cluster of blisters.
Is it contagious?
The virus is highly contagious, and many kids become infected by sharing food, drinking from the same cup, or kissing someone that has a cold sore. Once infected, the virus remains in your body permanently, lying dormant until some imbalance in the body causes it to wake up, causing an outbreak.
The most frequent causes that trigger the virus causing the cold sore are emotional stress, fatigue, mouth pain (such as dental work or biting your lip), too much sun or wind, or a lowered immune system due to being sick with a cold or the flu.
If you suspect that your child’s immune system might be in a compromised state as a result of poor or picky eating habits, make certain to supplement their diet with a high quality pediatric multi-vitamin. You’ll discover the highest quality vitamins at your neighborhood health food store or online vitamin stores. If triggered by overexposure to sunlight, make it a point to apply lip balm with sun block before your child spends time outside.
It’s hard for a parent to see their child uneasy or in any sort of distress. Through the years working with clients of all ages who suffer from cold sores, I have made a list of what I’ve found to be the best, super-effective remedies for cold sores. This should come up to a relief to you as it’s going to be for your child.
Although prescription medications and other over-the-counter remedies are available, I find it is better to go for an herbal based or natural remedy, particularly with children. They may be equally effective, if not more so, are safer, less opportunity to get a negative impact, and cost less.
Once your child has had an epidemic or 2, if they are old enough, they’ll have the ability to comprehend the all-too-familiar early signs which lead to an itching or tingly feeling in which the sore will erupt anytime within a day. It’s then possible to avoid the outbreak before it is possible to see any indication of the eruption.
Once the skin becomes a bit reddish, the cold sore eruption has already begun, so the goal changes into a remedy that will stop it from progressing, keeping it as small as possible, with rapid healing.
Choose the one to begin with that best matches your lifestyle or is more attractive to you.
- Eucalipto Oil: apply a drop or two to the area. Both have proven to work against cold sores. Reapply 2 times per day if needed.
- Salt: Dip a moist finger in ordinary salt and press it to the sore for around 30 seconds. Repeat a few times each day needed. Warning: do not use salt if there’s any indication of raw, open skin from the blisters.
- Red Marine Algae: The polysaccharides in this formulation have shown the ability to support healthy immune function. Additionally, it contains extracts proven to possess anti-viral properties.
- Echinacea: This is an herb that boosts the immune system and comprises anti-viral properties. It works much better as a remedy than a preventative. For babies up to 1 year: 5 drops, 3 times per day. For children 1 to 12 years: 10 drops, 3 times per day.
Remember that each and every child is different, so if one remedy does not appear to work, simply try another. It’s well worth the time and effort to find just the perfect product for your child and you, the loving, concerned parent.