The Dreaded Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease
Hand, Foot & Mouth aka Coxsackie Virus – possibly one of the worst illnesses to go through with your little ones! If it isn’t the fever and cold symptoms that will bring your child down, it is the sore blisters that erupt on their faces, hands, feet and in their mouths. Ouch! What is hand, foot & mouth? Click here to read about it.
*** I am NOT a pediatrician, so I always recommend taking your children in to see their doctors and hear their advice first and ask about any supplement or immune booster you see here, before you try it! ***
When my oldest daughter, now 11 came down with it around 3 years old, it was BAD! It kept her on the couch for almost a week. I didn’t know what to do back then! Not anymore! Keep Note: Because this is a virus – there isn’t much to prescribe except perhaps an oral numbing spray from the pediatrician, so the standard recommendations are: LOTS of rest, keep them out of school/daycare, and push fluids. When Layla came down with this a few days ago, that protocol was our first line of defense. Then the blisters came, so what now?
My Natural Approach
California Baby Calendula Cream: Very soothing on the rashes on her cheeks, hands and feet.
Homeopath Mercurius Solubilis 30c: Very safe to use (again – always check with your pediatrician first!) – helps heal blisters and irritability. Click HERE for more information and remedies you can try
Homeopathy works best if it melts under the tongue, however most toddlers would not know to do that! Use a glass dropper bottle instead. You can find them here: 12, Cobalt Blue, 1 oz, Glass Bottles, with Glass Eye Droppers
Buy distilled water (or boil and cool tap water) and fill one dropper bottle. Add 3 to 5 pellets of the remedy into the bottle and let it seep and dissolve. Squirt one dropper full into child’s mouth at least 3 times a day and tap the bottle against your hand a couple times to shake it up before each use! Read above article on homeopathy for more directions.
Or any local health food store!
Mommy Bliss Vitamin D & Probiotic Drops: Cold/Flu season + being indoors more, has us all down on our vitamin D levels, so I always boost my kids up, especially during a virus. Note: You do not need to give D drops daily to a child – I aim for 2 to 3 times a week during the height of the winter or during a virus. Probiotic I give both my girls daily (see dosage on box for use)
Wishing everyone love and sending hugs to all the parents going through this virus!