My dd went through this at about the same age: It is a LONG story, and I will post it, but wanted to share what we found that is a NATURAL remedy for cold sores.H-Balm
It REALLY REALLY works!
Here's what happened to us: (I am posting this from my AP Mom's Message Board):
Libby is feeling a little better, however, she got a new sore yesterday on her upper lip on the left side. I called the Doctor AGAIN to ask if they could prescribe something (an anti-viral cream or anything that could keep it from continuing to spread), and she called in an anti-viral (Zovirax) oral suspension to be taken for 7 days. She has taken 3 doses so far, and no results yet, but it may be too early to tell.
I just want to share with you guys how what I now now would have saved Libby a lot of misery had I known before this all happened....
Simply put, Libby has oral herpes (HSV). It is very common and starts out as a small blister that is itchy. The first time the virus occurs in babies/toddlers/preschoolers, it can be a really nasty break out. It usually appears on the lips, tongue, gums and lining of the mouth. The gums can get very red, swolen and irritated. The blisters are very painful. It is also VERY contagious and can last for up to 2 weeks. It can be transmitted through saliva, mucous (sneezing), or BM's (dirty diapers). It is VERY hard to contain among babies and toddlers because their hands are always in their mouth, then on toys, etc....
What I wish I knew to do: Call my doctor, even after he saw her on Thursday, I wish I would have called on Friday to report that she had blisters on her lip and insist that she be seen again or given some type of treatment. They can prescribe an anti-viral cream that will stop the virus in it's tracks. It's best to start this within the first 1-2 days.
I also found this on-line to treat it more naturally and had I caught it earlier, I would have DEFINATELY started her on this first: (see H-Balm link above)
Also, the homeopathic remedy that is indicated for this condition is Mercurius Vivus.
I hope our experience with this can help anyone else who may run into this nast virus!
Libby's lip split open yesterday and beld a little. But, the first area that broke out is now scabbed over and seems to be healing. It's been a week, and if healing time stays as slow as it has been, it will be at least another week before she's healed.
Also, just wanted to add. Tylenol and Motrin don't even come close to touching this. I didn't notice a difference in her pain level at all with either of them. I'm glad to say, though, that her pain seemed to be getting easier as of last night, despite her split lip. She actually had a 2.5 hour sleep stretch last night...I feel like a million bucks! lol!
Here's some pics of my dd's blister that developed into a VERY nasty outbreak:
2 days later:http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i3.../DSCN27511.jpg
The next day (this was one of the worst days!)http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i3...s/DSCN2768.jpg
The WORST DAY! (we ended putting her on an anti-viral after this because it was continuing to spread)http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i3...s/DSCN2778.jpg
Hope my experience helps!!!! And Hope your little one feels better SOON!!!!!!