Hand, Foot, Mouth disease

Natalie - posted on 02/11/2012 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I have never heard of "Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease" until my almost 3.5y/o son woke up one morning with a pimple-like rash around his mouth. I wasn't sure what it was and  l wasn't really concerned until a few hours later I happened to look in his mouth and I saw some red and white sores on the roof of his mouth. I called our doctor and they wanted to see him right away. From the time it took us to get from our home to the doctors office (about 30 minutes) he had developed spots on his feet and hands. His doctor looked him over and said it was Hand, Foot, Mouth disease and there was really nothing we could do for him other than let the virus run it's course. She told me I could give him Tylenol or Motrin for the discomfort and Benadryl for the itching.  



The first day he was a little whiny, but that night he was beyond miserable! We gave him a lukewarm bath with a little bit of baking soda to help calm his skin, that did the opposite! He was extremely itchy and the Benadryl did not help either.  I called the drs office to see what they suggested and she said to give him an oatmeal bath.  We then gave him another lukewarm bath with Aveeno Oatmeal soak, it didn't help either. The Benadryl had yet to kick in along with the Motrin.  My son was so miserable he couldn't sleep at all. He would fall asleep (in our bed because how miserable he was) and not even 2 minutes later he would wake up screaming, crying and he was violently lashing out on me and his dad, pushing, kicking, slapping and punching us. I ended up calling the on call doctor again and she said to give an extra half teaspoon of  Motrin.  It didn't help. He finally fell asleep around 6am until 9am. 



The next day he was still a little miserable but he was getting better as long as every 6 hours on the dot I gave him his Motrin. however he was starting to get a little dehydrated because his throat hurt he didn't want to drink anything. I even gave in to giving him a bottle, he didn't want that either. I could not get him to drink anything. He went without peeing from 10am until a little after 3:30pm and he had to push a lot to get a little pee, which came out dark yellow. My MIL came up with a great way to get him to drink!! We took an old ketchup bottle, cleaned it out, filled it with chilled chocolate milk and squirted it in his mouth. He loves loves loves anything cars do I told him that this was his gas, it will help him run good. It worked great. I was able help him drink milk, powerade, and iced tea. 



 Our next battle, drying out his sores.  We have a hot tub and I was a little skeptical about him using where the bath we gave him the night before made him miserable but his dad said it would probably help dry out his sores because of the chemicals (they say keeping the sores dry will help them heal faster). Even though I wasn't sure, I didn't want him to be miserable again but we tried it anyways.  It WORKED! He slept amazing that night and he didn't even itch. So he's been going in the hot tub every night and his sores are almost gone. 



I know every child is different and different things help them feel better but this is what I experienced with my son. I hope this helps somebody. 

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Amy - posted on 09/05/2012

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How long is a child contagious. My son is 3 and has all of the symptoms. He only goes to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I don't want to send him if he could possibly get anyone else sick.

This has been an awesome help. I have three older daughters, but they never had anything like this.

Thank you.

Amy - posted on 09/05/2012

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How long is a child contagious. My son is 3 and has all of the symptoms. He only goes to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I don't want to send him if he could possibly get anyone else sick.

This has been an awesome help. I have three older daughters, but they never had anything like this.

Thank you.

Sandy - posted on 07/06/2012

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Hi Edie, my son is 3 years old.
Hi Megan, ya I believe it must be terrible with all the ulcers/blisters in the throat and all over the body. My brother recently contracted it from his one year old daughter and he's already in his thirties! So it's not only the young ones who are susceptible to this disease. :(

Megan - posted on 07/06/2012

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awww poor thing! my kids have never had this but I somehow contracted it when i was about 13 took forever to diagnose because they say mostly little children get it and I remember how terrible it was. I have never felt this sick again in my life. I cant imagine a child so young going through this.

Christy - posted on 02/12/2012

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A warm bath typically isn't the answer (a plain one with no ingredients). Saltwater is the way to go, add it to the bathwater (warm since a cold one would be terrible). It's a virus that has to work itself out so there isn't a pill to enhance the healing. The salt helps the sores, just don't get the water in the eyes.



The name sounds awful, but it isn't that bad with proper care.

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Deb - posted on 09/28/2012

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I always make my son whom has had his share of viruses such as ear infections, bronchitis, etc. green beans with 1/2 cup of chopped/ whole cloves of garlic. Be sure to use lots of garlic. Buy the really small frozen green beans (Aldi stores are the best). Next boil them for about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 stick of sweet cream butter to non-stick skill, add lots of chopped garlic and sea salt. Next add drain green beans, cover and simmer until done. Stir and don't let them burn. Also, taste them until desired tenderness.



Also, try new stuff with children when they are really hungry. Give them just one string bean as soon as they're done. This way, they will eat it and want more because they are so hungry while you make them their plate. It always work.

Bethany - posted on 09/07/2012

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my son had this and he was out of daycare for a week had to get a medical clearance from his docs as it is highly contagious he only had a few spots around his mouth and nothing in it. also a rash on his foot, our doc told us he was contagious until the sores had lost their scabs.

tom was very flat and a bit restless at night but other than that we weathered it really well.

we were told that if he hadnt contracted it again in 6 mths than it was unlikely he would get it again...

Natalie - posted on 09/05/2012

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Amy: I'm not sure how long he is contagious but for me I kept him out of preschool for about a week and a half (he goes 4 days) because of the sores. I didn't want the kids to make fun of him so we just stayed home and relaxed until they were almost gone.hope your little boy feels better really soon!!



Carissa: I hope he starts to feel better real soon! It's so sad and hard when our little ones don't feel good and can't really make it any better :(



Sandy: I was unaware of adults contracting it also but about a week after I wrote this my boyfriend came down with it too which was weird cause I was the one who stayed home duri g the day with him.

Carissia - posted on 08/23/2012

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Thank you for your story, it has helped me alot and has put my mind to ease! My little boy (3 yrs old) came in yeaterday from playing and he had a couple sores around his mouth! He has a pacifier so i just thought it might be a heat rash but it continued to get worse and look like blisters instead of a rash! Then i noticed he has little white spots in the back of his throat! Luckily he hasn't complained about his throat hurting BUT last night rying to sleep was TERRIBLE!!! The poor little thing couldn't get to sleep to save his life because everytime he got comfortable his little feet started itching again! He doesn't have anything on his hands just his mouth and his feet! I put itch medicine on his feet which seemed to help for a minute but not for long! So we are just riding it out and trying to keep him busy so he doesnt think about it!! Again thank you all for your input!!

Sandy - posted on 02/14/2012

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My son has had it twice, within a short span of 6 months. The second time (just last week) wasn't as bad as the first but it still put a lot of strain on me especially at night. Doctors usually only prescribe paracetamol and ibuprofen for the fever and calamine lotion for the itch. There's pretty much nothing else that can be done except to let the symptoms go away by themselves. Fortunately the ailment only lasts at most a week. My son's most recent bout lasted slightly more than 2 days; he was his usual self on the 3rd day (thank God!).

Try feeding cold stuff like ice cream. It helps soothe the ulcers in the mouth and it's something they would enjoy! Not forgetting that it's at least made from dairy products and has some nutritional value. Feed fluids with a spoon instead of a bottle or straw as the sucking motion can hurt. Hope what I have shared helps! God bless!

Liz - posted on 02/12/2012

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My daughter just recently brought this home from day care and I'd never heard of it either until we got the email from day care explaining that someone in her class had got HFMD. Luckily the email told us about the symptoms to watch out for, or I'd have been clueless.



Luckily, my daughter had a very mild case that was almost impossible to spot and didn't look like it bothered her one bit, but I came out in incredibly painful fluid filled blisters on my hands, feet (including soles), shins, elbows, face, scalp, ears, throat and tongue. I'm only just getting over it and never want this thing again; it was awful.

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My son was diagnosed with this last week. Fortunately, he only has 2 little red points on his foot, and a throatful of white pustules. We were lucky it wasn't so bad.



His fever was bad, though. If I didn't give ibuprofin every 4 hours, it rose pretty much right away again.



Gah. Who knew there was such a thing as this.

Kaitlin - posted on 02/11/2012

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EW We just had a bout with this too, around Christmas time. Both my boys got it- it was disgusting and there wasn't much we could do for them. Poor kiddos.

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