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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2006 Apr;22(4):268-9.

Management of primary herpetic gingivostomatitis in young children.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14222, USA. hfaden@upa.chob.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To review the treatment of primary herpetic gingivostomatitis at a children's hospital.

METHODS:

A review of charts from 1999 to 2003.

RESULTS:

Forty-eight cases were identified. They ranged in age from 8 months to 12 years, with a median age of 2 years 7 months. All children were treated with fluids and analgesics; 11 children were treated with fluids and analgesics exclusively. Thirty-five children were treated with a mixture of Maalox and diphenhydramine, 8 with acyclovir, and 7 with viscous lidocaine; 11 children were treated with 2 or more of these regimens. Both the Maalox and diphenhydramine mixture and the viscous lidocaine were administered as swish and swallow, swish and spit, or by application with a swab as frequently as every hour or as infrequently as every 8 hours.

CONCLUSIONS:

Topical therapy with Maalox and diphenhydramine or viscous lidocaine was administered to 73% and 15% of the patients, respectively, whereas acyclovir was administered to only 17%. Dosing and administration of topical agents in the treatment of primary herpetic gingivostomatitis in preschoolers were problematic. Acyclovir was not being used as often as it could have been.

PMID:
16651921
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