Hand Foot & Mouth Disease
Everything You Need To Know + A Secret Recipe To Cure The Pain
by Steve Silvestro, MD @zendocsteve
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“Hand Foot & Mouth Disease.” Say that name to almost any parent of young kids and you’re sure to see them shudder.
Worse than pinkeye, not quite as dreaded as lice, Hand Foot & Mouth Disease is probably one of the more miserable common infections that your child can get. With potentially high fever and terribly painful sores in the mouth, seeing your little one suffer from HFM will make you want to do anything you can to help him or her feel better.
So this short episode of The Child Repair Guide Podcast focuses on giving you the tools you need to recognize Hand Foot & Mouth and help your child feel more comfortable–and even potentially avoid getting it altogether!
Listen on your favorite podcast app or play the episode in the player below.
The Secret Recipe to Reduce Hand Foot & Mouth Disease Pain
The worst part of Hand Foot & Mouth is usually the pain from sores in the mouth. If your child is having a hard time eating or drinking because his or her mouth hurts, then you can make what pediatricians call “Magic Mouthwash.” You can make this concoction at home and apply it before each meal (or before nursing or giving a bottle).
– Maalox (or “Equate”)
Directions: Mix equal parts of Children’s Benadryl and Maalox. Dip a cotton swab, paper towel, or washcloth into the mixture, then dab any sores that you see in your child’s mouth or on the gums or tongue. If your child knows how to swish and spit, then you can have them do that instead. Try not to let your child swallow much of the mixture. Assuming that your child does not swallow much, if any, of the Magic Mouthwash, it can be applied prior to each time your child eats.
But there’s more you should know, so listen to this quick podcast episode to learn it all–click here for iTunes or play the episode in the player above.
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- What causes Hand Foot & Mouth Disease
- The symptoms of Hand Foot & Mouth Disease, and how your child may or may not get them all
- What you can do to help your child feel more comfortable
- What signs should trigger you to call your pediatrician
- How long your child is contagious if he gets Hand Foot & Mouth Disease
- How you might prevent you or your children from getting sick with Hand Foot & Mouth Disease
- And much more!
Remember, you can share this episode and the Secret Recipe to Reduce Hand Foot & Mouth Disease Pain with your friends, your preschool or daycare, and anyone else who cares for your child or would benefit from learning more about HFM.
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