Easing Sore Mouths & Mouth Sores

Both Chemotherapy and radiation treatment can destroy the cells that line the mouth; this can lead to dry mouth and painful mouth sores. This can make feeding your child, a difficult situation already, almost unbearable. This may be a time to consider using more liquid meals to avoid having to chew solid foods. The following ideas are foods that are easy to eat and will coat little mouths to ease discomfort. – Lu Sipos 

Food ideas that help soothe a sore mouth or throat:

  • cold yogurt
  • frozen yogurt bites
  • frozen yogurt tubes
  • Jello-O
  • Jell-O Jigglers
  • cold pudding
  • popsicles
  • ice cream
  • soft-serve yogurt
  • mashed potatoes

Food ideas that are easier to eat with a sore mouth or throat:

  • mashed potatoes
  • bananas
  • pasta
  • smoothies

Recipe – Sore Mouth Smoothies & Soothies

    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
    • 1 cup canned fruit, include syrup or juice (pears, peaches, mixed fruit)
    • add almond or vanilla extract to taste


  • combine ingredients in a blender (mix completely).
    **For a Sore Mouth Smoothie: chill mixture and serve.
    Try serving in a sippy cup with a large spout opening, cup with a wide straw, bottle with the tip of the nipple cut off, or an open cup.