Oral health assessment and mouth care for children and young people receiving palliative care. Part two
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Oral health assessment and mouth care for children and young people receiving palliative care. Part two

Stephanie Sargeant Staff nurse, Children’s emergency department, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Carol Chamley Senior lecturer, Children and young people’s nursing, Coventry University

This is the second part of a two-part article on oral health assessment and mouth care for children and young people receiving palliative care. This article covers basic oral hygiene and management of oral health problems: oral candidiasis, coated tongue/dirty mouth, dry mouth, hypersalivation, ulceration, painful mouth, stomatitis and mucositis. The article also covers treating patients who are immunocompromised and the need to educate families and carers in the basic principles of oral care, including the importance of preventing cross-infection. Part one outlined oral assessment and discussed the adaptation of the Nottingham Oral Health Assessment Tool (Freer 2000).

Nursing Children and Young People. 25, 3, 30-33. doi: 10.7748/ncyp2013.04.25.3.30.e29

Correspondence

c.chamley@coventry.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

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