Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease seems to be going around like crazy, as we get at least one question a day about it on Facebook. Instead of reposting the same question over and over, here are the answers from Facebook threads of the recent past… These involve a child being exposed to and catching the illness. For prevention be sure to up the vitamin D, vitamin C and give elderberry syrup. Since it is highly contagious, as soon as one family member has it, start treating for prevention in everyone else. Garlic is a great anti-viral, so making some garlic broth and having everyone drink a cup of that each day is a good idea. I also use tea tree oil in my hand soaps (I add 20 drops to what I use) and in my homemade cleaners. This will help to kill any germs – you’ll have to wipe things down often! Also, wash hands frequently and don’t forget to throw out toothbrushes! Below are two of the most common questions that we get about Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) get with the same common answers.
Advice please! Hi ladies, my 12 month old was exposed to hand, foot and mouth disease. He started with fever last night, and it’s still coming and going. I know I should expect the sores and rash soon. My question is, if he gets sores in his mouth, is there anything that I can do to make him less miserable? I’m worried it could get too painful for him and he might refuse nursing. My oldest got it as an infant and he refused to eat, drink, and nurse and we ended up in the ER for fluids, so I want to avoid all of that again if possible. Thank you for all your help!
1. RNK Admin – You can make your own popsicles. You can use something with electrolytes like coconut water. I find blending the coconut water with some berries and a little bit of honey does the trick. You can also use organic Recharge, which is a natural electrolyte drink. We keep it on hand for when someone gets sick.
2. Sarah McGee Sasser – When my Autistic son refuses to drink when sick we use those medicine syringes to squirt a little at a time. Put it at the corner of his mouth.We have yet to need the ER Praise God!! I would just pump and do it that way.
3. Mary E. Tocco – One of my sons got the bathroom plunger and was licking it! He had blisters in his mouth and I used peroxide rinse throughout the day; they went away in 2 days. I do not know much about that illness…do some research, there is probably something natural to help get through. The fever is working on it too! How to Support and Boost the Immune System – a good resource.
4. Shannon Tubman – Both of my kids breathed through it like a minor cold-wishing you the same!
5. Tara Field – My son just had this 2 weeks ago and we did spoonfuls of honey mixed with a little coconut oil and lime. He loved it and not only did his throat feel better within hours, the redness went away and he never got anything in his mouth or throat.
6. Jessica Morris – My daughter had h,f&m at 18 months. The sores on her legs were the worst. She had minimal sores in her mouth & was only a little picky about what she ate/ drank for the first day. We avoided anything that would cause the sores discomfort (fruit, salty, juices). Yogurt & homemade yogurt pops were a life saver!
Advice Please! I think my 1 year old has Hand/foot/mouth disease: my little guy is running a fever of 100, has red sores in back of his mouth, no sleep, no food, just boob. I don’t want to give antibiotics if that’s even an option. What are some natural remedies and things that I can do for him? Huge thanks wise mamma’s ♥
(RNK Note: Antibiotics will not cure hand, foot and mouth disease as it is a viral illness.)
1. Fallon Ranger – Both of my kids just had HFMD. Baking soda in the bath water when he gets the rash, calamine lotion because it itches. Just keep the kiddo hydrated and don’t worry if he doesn’t want to eat; neither one of my little garbage disposals ate anything for a couple of days. My guys ended up with fevers up to 104 so keep an eye on his temp!
2. Aislynn Locklear – I doubt the doc will prescribe antibiotics because HFMD is a virus and most doctors know by now not to overuse antibiotics. When my toddler had it a few weeks ago, virgin unrefined coconut oil on the sores really helped, and popsicles can provide some relief for the mouth sores.
3. Fallon Ranger – I made a medicinal/herbal tea that I froze in popsicle molds. Warm foods ended up helping my kids more than cold foods, though.
4. RNK Admin – As far as the sores on the hands and feet you can make a salve out of coconut oil, tea tree oil and lavender essential oils. These are safe oils to use on kids. If you see other recipes, check here for the safety of the oils first: Essential Oil Safety for Kids
5. Jennifer McAnally Klinge – Our son just got over it. It’s a virus so there is nothing the DR will/can give him. We gave him ACV/coconut oil baths every night for 1 week. We made sure we cleaned up things after he touched them with vinegar and washed the bath down nightly. We did give him Motrin for the pain but some might tell you to do nothing. Up to you. Good luck!
6. Elizabeth Mitchell – Collodial silver got rid of the blisters within 24 hours.
7. Stephanie Hayes – It’s a virus.. no meds needed.. give babes a bath in breastmilk!! And nurse!!!!! Mine 3 yr old just had it. I gave her a breast milk bath and the sores started healing right away. 7 month old ebf has yet to get it.
8. Erin Lima Sobansky – baking soda baths and oatmeal baths. I know frugally sustainable had a recipe for homemade calamine the other day. An RX for hfmd is not going to do a lick of good. I recommend just comforting him and lots of rest.