Last fall our granddaughter had a case of Hand, Foot, and Mouth (HFM) disease with the normal progression. She was clingy, irritable, had a low grade fever, little appetite, and her rash appeared late on the second day.
HFM is exactly what it sounds like: an illness that primarily affects the hands; feet; and mouth, gums and throat.
It most often affects infants and children up to age 5, but anyone can catch it. HFM may involve just the areas already mentioned or it can also appear on the buttocks, genitals, knees, elbows, or all over the body. The severity of the lesions may also range from painless, slightly reddish flat spots to painful, pus-filled blisters.
Children are highly contagious 3 days before any signs of infection occur and continue to be contagious 2-3 days after blisters appear.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is most common in children in child-care settings because of frequent diaper changes and potty training, and because little children often put their hands in their mouths. Most infections occur in the summer or early fall, with the peak between August and October in the northern hemisphere.
The culprit is an unusual strain of the common coxsackie virus that usually causes the disease. There is a much nastier strain, coxsackie A6, since 2012.
First, Some Don’ts – Then Some Dos
1. Knocking Down A Fever Is Like Shooting Your Attack Dog In a Burglary. The American Academy of Pediatrics says it’s best, in most cases, to let the fever run its course without medication – with a watchful eye, of course.
Very important: Science shows without a doubt that Febrile Infectious Diseases as a Child Protects Us from Cancers Later In Life. I believe this is by our Creator’s design.
2. Acetaminophen [Tylenol], aspirin, and Ibuprofen suppress the immune system. A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted to study the effects of OTC analgesic/antipyretic medications on virus shedding and immune response.
3. Inappropriate use of antibiotics has helped create strains of bacterial diseases that are resistant to antibiotic medications.
When it comes to childhood illnesses, it is often better to stay home and away from the pediatrician’s office since you know what you end up getting there! Here are some of the books I read as a young mom to encourage you and validate your ‘mama intuition’ – a kind of 6th sense God gives mom’s if we ask for it and pay attention to it. (James 1:5)
Homeopathy is Perfect for Hand Foot and Mouth Disease
Thankfully, homeopathy is able to give the immune system a NEEDED BOOST that will uproot the virus.
Once we moms and grandmas have this knowledge, we can be confident that we can aid healing and restore comfort without resorting to OTC meds with harmful side-effects like Benadryl. Plus, we can pass this information on to our friends, since it was probably their children who passed it along to ours in the first place!
No-side-effect homeopathy takes away a lot of the worry.
Homeopathic Remedies for HFM, Strep Throat or Cold Sores:
For the painful sores or ulcers in the mouth, Joette Calbrese, HMC, CCH recommends a dose (as labeled on the tube) of Mercurius solubilis 200 CK twice daily or Mercurius solubilis 6 C, 3-4 times daily. It’s known as a great medicine for ulcers inside the mouth and throat like cold sores or strep throat. It’s the ulcers in the mouth and throat that make this illness most uncomfortable.
For the rash that covers a lot of area, use Antimonium crudum 6 C every few hours for itching, or just 2-3 a day if not so bad.
These 2 remedies would still apply to the nastier strain, coxsackie A6, to lessen pain and the intense itching.
You can read more in depth about each of these remedies and how they are used in Joette’s Materia Medica.
Make sure your child frequently sips water or warm Throat Coat tea (very soothing to a sore throat) during the course of the illness.
So be sure to have these two great homeopathic remedies on hand along with lots of love. You will be able to lessen the suffering and forego a visit to the doctor’s office.Medical Disclaimer: I am no longer a practicing medical professional, and I am not doctor. I am a mother. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to treat or prevent disease. Consult your own doctor.
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My kids got this desease when they were little at the Children’s museum and pass it on to my husband. He got it a lot worse! His feet had the reddest rash too.
Ouch, Ana! Poor man! 🙁
Hi there! Thank you so much for sharing this info. What are your most loved sources of homeopathic remedies? So far, I’ve used Boiron and Hyland’s.
Hi, Wanda, I have a pretty full list in this post: https://deeprootsathome.com/homeopathy-for-my-family-colic-bladder-infection-grief-more/
Blessings to your family! ~J
Ugh I’m trying all the homeopathy for my son’s HFMD. He’s got it bad. All over his fave hands feet mouth and buttocks . I’m a natural mama and I love your site and use it for anything I can, and I hate meds but we need to use the Benadryl because his itching is so intense he can’t sleep. The homeopathy isn’t touching it. Such a horrible disease this is. My heart breaks for my baby.
Dani, are you sure it is HFMD? If so, it should pass quickly and be over. Try giving oatmeal baths and/ or Epsom salts baths to dry up the rash. Calamine is also helpful.
Benadryl has many bad side effects and will only cause more harm, (even though you may not notice it on the surface): https://deeprootsathome.com/popular-otc-benadryl-diphenhydramine-now-with-a-dementia-warning/
Could it be persistent eczema from a routine vacc? We see that very often! Or it could be combination of the 2. Just processing out loud..
Email me at [email protected] and I have some ideas!
Thanks Jacqueline . We don’t vaccinate. I’m positive it’s HFMD. I only gave the Benadryl once last night to sleep. Didn’t work much anyway. I don’t use meds on my kids at all. I won’t be giving him anymore as I’m aware of the dementia warning too. He’s got a really nasty case of it, poor kid. Right now we’re alternating borax and colloidal silver compresses. Also using coconut oil and many supplements ( vit D, A, C, zinc, echinacea/goldenseal, colloidal silver and elderberry to boost his immune system. I’m giving him homeopathic virus defense and thymulline as well.
I’ll try the oatmeal/epsom baths. Thanks for the reply. God bless