Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease: What to do when it happens to your baby.

[caption id="attachment_193" align="aligncenter" width="408"]hand, foot, mouth disease Photo Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand,_foot_and_mouth_disease[/caption]

Jax was hit with hand, foot, mouth TWICE.  It ain't the chicken pox.  There is not a one and done policy with hand, foot, mouth.  The first time he got hand, foot, mouth, he started to show symptoms at his first birthday.  It was sad.  He wouldn't eat, he had a high fever, and all he wanted to do was sleep.

The symptoms of hand, foot, mouth are blisters/rash usually on the hands, feet, or mouth (including throat, tongue, gums, lips).  This strain that has been going rampant in Evanston, IL - where I live - contains a body rash.  Jax had the body rash, blisters in his throat and on his tongue for the first round.  Before the rash and blisters, the baby will get a fever for a few days, which Jax had.

[caption id="attachment_192" align="alignleft" width="300"]hand, foot, mouth When Jax had hand, foot, mouth, he would fall asleep on the floor out of nowhere.[/caption]

The hand, foot, mouth knocked him out so bad the first time, his immunity system was fighting it big time.  He ended up getting pneumonia immediately after because his immunity was done from fighting the hand, foot, mouth.  About two weeks after the pneumonia was cleared up, he got hand, foot, mouth again!  This time it was a more tame strain.  He had blisters on his lips and throat and a low grade fever.

The first round, he had it for about 5 days.  The second round lasted about 3 days.

There is no medicine to make hand, foot, mouth go away, so when Jax got it again, I began researching ways to make him comfortable and ways to make the symptoms more tolerable for him.

The first thing I tried was coconut oil.  You can rub it into the rash and blisters to help heal them.  Coconut oil has a lot of immunity boosting properties.  I put it on his blisters twice a day and rubbed it all over his body in the bath.  After day one, he didn't seem to be bothered at all.  He was eating again.  His blisters weren't bothering him at all.

I also found recipes for anti-viral toddler soup - recipe here on the blog Ring around the Rosies.

After researching hand, foot, mouth, another item I will be adding to my medicine cabinet is Elderberry syrup.  It strengthens the immune system and is safe for toddlers.  I learned about that, plus other homeopathic hand, foot, and mouth treatments on the blog From Faye.  See them here.

Your baby may not want to eat while he or she has hand, foot, mouth.  What I did to get Jax to eat is make him plenty of bottles with formula.  Although he is off formula, I didn't want him to miss out on important nutrients, so we went back to formula for a week.  We also put Pedialyte in his water, for a boost of electrolytes.  Lastly, I would give him the baby food pouches with a variety of fruits and vegetables, because they were easier on his blistered throat.  I could usually get him to eat a little something when I gave him a pouch.

Did you ever experience hand, foot, mouth?  How did you deal with it?

What I listened to while I wrote:

Believe by The Bravery

Who the Fuck are the Arctic Monkeys by Arctic Monkeys

Mr. Maker by The Kooks

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments


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