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Natural Remedy for Hand Foot And Mouth Disease

Last year my son contracted hand foot and mouth disease. After confirming the diagnosis with the doctor I treated him using natural remedies at home. There are no cures, or any real treatments through modern medicine for the virus. This is one of those infections that you have to wait out. Normally it takes several weeks to completely recover from a hand foot and mouth disease infection. Using two natural items I already had at home, my son recovered in three days.

With back to school in full swing the time is right for hand foot and mouth disease. Schools and day care centers are prime areas that the virus is spread. The virus is spread through contact with bodily fluids. Germs can be transmitted through touching desks, toys, and other items that someone infected has touched.

Hand foot and mouth disease will cause blisters to form on the face, hands and feet.
Hand foot and mouth disease will cause blisters to form on the face, hands and feet. | Source

Clean And Disinfect Toys

Aside from using natural treatments. I also made a point to disinfect everything my son came into contact with. Limiting his toys to just a few that could easily be cleaned everyday. This helped keep the germs at bay. Plus he had a pleasant surprise of what he thought were new toys when the infection was gone! Funny how fast little ones can forget the toys they played with!

The early fall months seem to be when hand foot and mouth disease run rampant in schools and day care facilities. Though it is possible that the virus can be transmitted at other locations as well.

My son had only been to a single location in weeks when he became infected. So he contracted the virus while we were grocery shopping. He does not attend day care, and stays home. I always make a point to disinfect the buggy when we go shopping now. It would be a good idea to make a point to do so during fall.

The virus seems to reach outbreak status during fall. I'm not sure what the correlation is between the virus and time of year. Play it safe and clean your buggy. Disinfecting your hands after shopping is a good idea as well.

Hand foot and mouth disease can cause blister on the feet causing some discomfort when walking.
Hand foot and mouth disease can cause blister on the feet causing some discomfort when walking. | Source

Fast Healing Hand Foot and Mouth Natural Remedies

I managed to clear up my sons Hand Foot and Mouth Disease within 3 days. With using only natural products. These products are easily to obtain. Here is how we treated Hand Foot And Mouth Disease in two steps:

  • A daily dose of elderberry syrup. A teaspoon a day.
  • Chamomile tea to help with rest and relaxation.

A dose of elderberry syrup every morning, and chamomile tea at nap and bedtime.

Chamomile Tea

A large part of any healing process is getting rest and allowing the body to recoup. Chamomile tea aids in allowing your little one to relax and get some much needed rest. Chamomile also contains anti-microbial properties making it an excellent choice to use during an infection.

Chamomile tea is natural and safe. Often used to aid infants in getting rest. You can add honey to it if you wish to help aid with the pain of the blisters.

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is an amazing home remedy, used for many ailments. A dose during cold and flue season has always prevented me from getting sick. Elderberry syrup can be used to boost the immune system and fight bacterial and viral infections. No doubt using the elderberry syrup is the reason that I managed to clear up my son's infection in such a short amount of time.

That is all I did. In just three days the blisters were gone and he was back to normal! Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, usually takes much longer to run its course. In most cases it takes weeks!

Sounds crazy but elderberries are full of wonderful antioxidants and help with a wealth of medical issues! There are no guarantees it will work for everyone of course, but it is worth a try. Hand foot and mouth disease is an uncomfortable infection for any toddler or child to go through. Since modern medicine has no treatments, using elderberry syrup and chamomile tea will help speed up the healing process.

Elderberry for Kids

Nature's Way Sambucus for Kids Bioavailable Elderberry, 8 Fl Oz
Nature's Way Sambucus for Kids Bioavailable Elderberry, 8 Fl Oz

In my home we use elderberry syrup to treat many common ailments naturally. It is an effective aid when treating viral infections. And kids don't object to the taste!

 

Don't Forget to Disinfect

One of the key reasons my natural remedies were able to get the job done in such a short time was that I made a point to keep everything clean and disinfected. The virus that causes hand foot and mouth is highly contagious! It is fairly uncommon for adults to get the virus, but not impossible. The virus presents differently in adults.

Keeping the house clean and making sure to disinfect anything your child comes in contact with will prevent others from contracting the virus. Extremely important if you have multiple children at home. It is a good idea to avoid the use of any pacifiers during a hand foot and mouth outbreak. I was actually able to break my son from using his and we have not used one since.

A pacifier will be covered in virus causing germs, and possible keep the infection lasting longer. Stuffed animals should be avoided as they are harder to disinfect without possible damage to the toy. Hard plastic toys are the easiest to clean, and the best choice under the circumstances.

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Choosing a Natural Treatment

Even though I treated my son with natural products. I made sure to get a confirmation of the diagnosis from his pediatrician. While there are no treatments for the hand foot and mouth virus, I still needed a diagnosis. A diagnosis allowed me to properly treat my son with natural products. Without knowing for sure, I would not have known what natural products would be an effective treatment.

Always consult a physician. Even if you are just seeking confirmation for a cold, or flu. Some symptoms of common childhood illness can also be symptoms of serious health problems.

If you're looking to speed the recovery from hand foot and mouth disease, elderberry syrup and chamomile will aid in a swift recovery.

© 2016 Cynthia Hoover

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