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Home Remedies for Mouth Ulcers in Kids

Common health problems in kids like mouth ulcers can be treated easily with home remedies. Have a quick look at the home remedies for dealing with mouth ulcers in kids.

Mouth ulcers can trouble your kid by making eating or drinking painful, and sometimes they can even make speaking uncomfortable. Mouth ulcers are not a very serious problem and generally occur due to injury to the mouth, biting the inner lips or cheeks by mistake, stress, excess heat in body, certain medications, certain viruses and illnesses, deficiency of certain vital nutrients, and sometimes due to food allergies. Mouth ulcers in kids can mostly be managed and treated at home to find relief faster.

Signs and Symptoms of Mouth Ulcers

The first signs of mouth ulcers in kids are tingling or burning sensation inside the mouth, followed by pain, swelling, soreness, redness, and irritability of the area where the mouth ulcers occur. Anyone can diagnose them by looking at them. They appear singly or in clusters on the tongue, inside the cheeks, on the lips, or sometimes on the gums.

Home Remedies for Treating Mouth Ulcers

You can use following home remedies to treat mouth ulcers in kids.

Basil Leaves

Ask your kid to chew 5-6 basil or Tulsi leaves with water for 5-6 times a day. It is very effective in treating mouth ulcers.

Basil has various medicinal properties and it has a substance that helps your kid’s body to adapt to stress – it is called adaptogen. This will help mouth ulcers to cure faster. Basil leaves also have a preventive action so that mouth ulcers will not occur again.

Turmeric and Honey Paste

Take one pinch of turmeric and mix it with a teaspoon of honey and make it into a paste, and then apply it on your kid’s mouth ulcers once a day with a cotton swab; finally after a couple of minutes, ask your kid to rinse the mouth with water if needed.

Turmeric acts as a natural antiseptic and at the same time, it acts as a cooling agent. Honey acts as a natural humectant, thus it helps to retain moisture and prevent dehydration. Mixture of turmeric and honey helps reduce scarring and fastens new tissue growth. Both have anti-microbial effect, which ensures faster healing of mouth ulcer in your kid.

Poppy Seeds and Coconut Candy

Mix a little grated coconut and ground poppy seeds and mix them into pellet form with powdered sugar candy. Your kid will definitely like to suck this candy, and surprisingly, this interesting candy will bring instant relief from mouth ulcers.

Poppy seeds have cooling effect on the body, and even coconut acts as a cooling agent. These two agents help beat the body heat causing ulcers, thus treating the latter soon. Coconut can be used in dry or oil form. In that case, you can apply coconut oil directly on your kid’s mouth ulcers or make him or her drink coconut water directly. You can also make your kid gargle with coconut milk.


Soak one tablespoon of licorice root in two cups of water for few hours and ask your kid to rinse mouth with the root-soaked water 5-6 times a day. You get licorice in powdered form also that you can mix with little honey or turmeric paste and apply on the mouth ulcers to get better results.

Licorice acts as a demulcent and contains ingredients with anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that help dealing with mouth ulcers. It also forms a preventive coating on the mucus membrane that resists irritation and relaxes open lesions.

Along with all these home remedies, just take extra care of your kid and make sure that he or she brush his or her teeth with a soft toothbrush and avoid eating oily, spicy, salty, acidic, and junk foods. If the mouth ulcer still bothers your kid, do not neglect it; just make sure you take your kid to a doctor if the pain still persists; do not leave it untreated, as it can lead to a bigger problem.

Are home remedies effective on mouth ulcers in kids? What to do if mouth ulcers do not subside with the help of home remedies? What kind of food should be avoided by kids coping with mouth ulcers? Discuss here.

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Rizwana.5 years ago
Don't go for mouth ulcer gels which are available over the counter. Home remedies are the best for treating mouth ulcers in kids...basil leaves are the best.
Vidya.5 years ago
Are mouth ulcer gels which ore OTC good for treating mouth ulcers in kids?
Anupama.5 years ago
Basil leaves are good for treating mouth ulcers in kids. They can be placed on the ulcers for sometime to get relief. However they are also good for treating cough in kids.
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