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11Mar2015

Next Time Your Child Has Pizza…

SOMETIMES YOU JUST CAN’T RESIST! It’s SO cheesy and saucy—right out of the oven! You dive in and take your first bite…

Uh oh! Too soon! You’ve got “pizza burn!”

Pizza Isn’t The Only Culprit

Your child has probably burned his or her mouth before on hot chocolate, soup, and other scorching hot foods. Soon afterward, you may have noticed that the roof of the mouth, and perhaps the tongue, is very tender. In some cases, there may even be blisters! Unfortunately, your child’s mouth will probably hurt for a few days. However, there are a few things you as a parent can do to help relieve the pain and irritation.

How To Soothe Your Child’s Mouth And Help It Heal

  1. Applying or sucking on ice can relieve the stinging. Gargling cold water or eating ice cream are other options.
  2. Drinking milk can coat the scorched area.
  3. An over-the-counter pain reliever can help, if the pain is really distressing.
  4. Avoid acidic, crunchy, and other hot foods, or even very salty and spicy dressings. This will stop the burn from getting irritated further.
  5. Squeezing Vitamin E from a capsule over the wound can speed up healing. It will regenerate new tissue and heal the wound.
  6. Help your child maintain good oral hygiene while the mouth is burnt, keeping it as clean as possible to promote healing and prevent further infection. Warm saline rinses can also be helpful.
  7. Don’t let your child touch the burned area. This may be difficult, but by touching the affected area, the lesion may become irritated further.

If It’s Not Feeling Better In A Few Days, Call Us

Pizza-type burns tend to heal within three to seven days. If soreness and blistering continue beyond a week, please call us! In the meantime, you and your child have fun enjoying that delicious, cheesy pizza—that is, once it’s cool!

Thanks for being our valued patients and friends!

Top image by Flickr user Wellspring CS used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

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