Fifteen-minute consultation: oral ulceration in children

Arch Dis Child Educ Pract Ed. 2022 Aug;107(4):257-264. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2021-321597. Epub 2021 May 27.


Objective: To review common presentation of oral ulcers in children and discuss management of symptoms and subsequent investigation.

Conclusion: Although a common presentation in children, diagnosis can be challenging. Thorough history taking is critical towards diagnosis and supports signposting to relevant specialities. Clinicians should be able to support first-line symptomatic management of oral ulceration.

Keywords: adolescent health; dentistry; gastroenterology; pain; pathology.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Humans
  • Oral Ulcer* / diagnosis
  • Oral Ulcer* / etiology
  • Oral Ulcer* / therapy
  • Referral and Consultation