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Old 02-13-2013, 11:59 AM   #1
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Has anyone or anyone's child ever had a mucocele?

My daughter has what I think is a mucocele. Its like a blister on her inner lower lip. She's had it for months. Its a soft bubble with clear fluid inside it looks like. It changes a bit in appearance I think blood get in it sometimes but then gets reabsorbed, and sometiems it looks a bit more swollen but never gets bigger than like half a tic tac. It doesn't bother her at all. Even if I poke at it or when I brush her teeth it doesn't bother her. She still sucks a pacifier at 28 months, and I think maybe its related to that (kind of like those sucking blisters babies get maybe?).

I spoke to my sister who is a pediatric resident MD about it (I was concerned about cancer) and she said don't worry - if it looks like a little fluid filled blister that hasn't really changed then she really doesn't think its something serious at all.

Anyone ever have this? I'm going to make an ENT appointment this week just for peace of mind but I was just wondering. When I did some googling I found mucocele and hers sounds exactly like the description.

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Re: Has anyone or anyone's child ever had a mucocele?

I occasionally get these. My dentist said it goes along with the fact I have sensitive skin, so my salivary glands are more easily irritated. Mine are the smaller ones that are thin skinned and break on their own. I believe bigger ones occasionally have to be removed surgically, particularly if they scar over and harden. Hopefully the ENT specialist can help out. If it hasn't scarred over, they may just be able to drain it and let it heal. She's young but do you think you could possibly get her to do a salt gargle? I know, probably not, but maybe if you even just swab it with a q-tip and salt water it might help.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:23 PM   #3
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Re: Has anyone or anyone's child ever had a mucocele?

Yes! But I can't remember which child it was, the 3rd or 4th. LOL! It did go away on it's own after a couple of months.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:24 PM   #4
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Re: Has anyone or anyone's child ever had a mucocele?

good idea to swab it with salt water!

my instinct really says its no big deal and I don't want to see a specialist and have it surgically removed but then the worrying mom in me says "just get it checked out"
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