What is the management of a child with herpes stomatitis?

  1. Paracetamol for pain and fever
  2. Good mouth hygiene with Glyco Thymol mouthwashes
  3. Ensure adequate hydration. A nasogastric tube may be needed if the child refuses to drink or swallow.
  4. Acyclovir in severe stomatitis, especially children with HIV infection. These children need hospitalisation.

Children with severe herpes stomatitis should be referred to hospital.

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