“My 11month old and 2 and a half year old boy have picked up the hand, foot and mouth virus! It is horrible and painful and I hate that I can’t do anything to help them. Have been to the doctors and looked everywhere online to try and find anything I can do to help them but so far have sounds nothing. Anyone had any experience with this and found anything that helped?” Do you have any help or advice for hand, foot and mouth problems?

Posted by anon, 06/05/13

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  • I would advise speaking with a Naturopath.

  • Thanks heaps for posting, was also wondering. :P

  • I hope it all went well for you, my son got it very bad poor babies its really irritating for them

  • My 22mth old just recently got this and he was so irritable but they told me just to give him Panadol, keep him away from other kids for up to one week. I used sudocream on his rash and gave him lots of Luke warm baths to help soothe him.

  • My children have also had this. They ate lots of yoghurt and drank cool water. I rubbed dermaveen (oatmeal based cream from chemist) on their skin when blisters were drying and getting scabs. Unfortunately it just has to run its course.

  • They usually pick this up at school or kindy my kids were lucky and did not get this so i will keep an eye out to see what others suggest

  • I hope everything worked out for you

  • I hope you managed to find some relief for your boy and hes all better now

  • All i know about it is that it is very contagious. The pharmacist might be able to help.

  • unfortunately there’s not much you can do! the mouth creams relieve their irritation a little bit at least.

  • My 18 month old had it a month ago. There is not much that you can do but I found ice cream relieved her sore mouth, and it’s a treat so it made her a bit happy. Be care with Panadol I think it stings the mouth. Lots of cuddles and extra attention. My house was a total mess when my girl had it.

  • A family member had it. It’s horrible but u need to let is pass. It’s not nice at all

  • Don’t u need to let that one run it’s coarse?

  • Hope that helps and good luck

  • What is hand-foot-and-mouth disease?

    Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a common childhood illness. It causes sores in the mouth and on the hands, feet, and sometimes the buttocks and legs. Mouth sores can be painful and may make it hard for your child to eat. The disease is not serious, and it usually goes away in a week or so.

    It can occur at any time of year, but hand-foot-and-mouth disease is most common in the summer and fall.

    Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is not the same as other diseases that have similar names: foot-and-mouth disease (sometimes called hoof-and-mouth disease) or mad cow disease. These diseases almost always occur in animals.

    What causes hand-foot-and-mouth disease?

    Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is caused by a virus called an enterovirus.

    The virus spreads easily through coughing and sneezing. You can also get it by coming in contact with infected stool, such as when you change a diaper. Often the disease breaks out within a community. Children are most likely to spread the disease during the first week of the illness. But the virus stays in the stool and can sometimes spread to others for several months after the blisters and sores have healed.

    It usually takes 3 to 6 days for a person to get symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease after being exposed to the virus. This is called the incubation period.

    What are the symptoms?

    At first your child may feel tired, get a sore throat, or have a fever of around 101F to 103F. Then in a day or two, your child may get sores or blisters on the hands, feet, mouth, and sometimes the buttocks. In some cases a child will get a skin rash before the blisters appear. The blisters may break open and crust over. The sores and blisters usually go away in a week or so.

    How is hand-foot-and-mouth disease diagnosed?

    A doctor can tell if your child has hand-foot-and-mouth disease by the symptoms you describe and by looking at the sores and blisters.

    How is it treated?

    Hand-foot-and-mouth disease does not usually need treatment. Most cases go away in 7 to 10 days. You can use home care to help relieve your child’s symptoms.
    Offer your child plenty of cool fluids. Your child may also have Popsicles and ice cream.
    Do not give your child acidic or spicy foods and drinks, such as salsa or orange juice. These foods can make mouth sores more painful.
    For pain and fever, give your child acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Advil). Do not give your child aspirin. It has been linked to Reye’s syndrome, a serious illness.

    To help prevent the disease from spreading:
    Teach all family members to wash their hands often. It is especially important to wash your hands after you change the diaper of an infected child. This is because the virus may stay in the stool for several months after the blisters heal.
    Do not let your child share toys or give kisses while he or she is infected.
    If your child goes to day care or school, talk to the staff about when your child can return.
    Wear latex or rubber gloves when you apply any lotion, cream, or ointment to your child’s blisters.

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