So if you think your child might have the disease, here's the information I learned: (From CDC Website)
Summary of HFM:
- Usually causes fever, sores in the mouth, and a rash with blisters.
- Is moderately contagious.
- Mostly affects children younger than 10 years of age, but people of any age can be infected.
- Has no specific treatment.
- Infection risk can be reduced by practicing good hygiene, such as washing hands frequently
|Blisters similar to the ones in her diaper area|
|Rash that went from her knees down|
So we concluded that it is definitely hand, foot and mouth and we just have to try to make her comfortable and wait it out. We applied Lotrimin 3 times a day and then Desitin, A&D, etc every other diaper change. Most of the time I would spread that out to the bigger blisters on her thighs as well (seemed to help...) The first couple of days we gave her Ibuprofen every 6 hrs and lukewarm baths with baking soda around the 4th hour when it started to wear off... We also fed her lots of yogurt and milk to help coat her throat. Things started looking better today though - her diaper rash looks better and she wasn't running a fever so hopefully we're on the downward slope!
Has your child had HFMD? What treatments worked for you?
- Frequently washing hands, especially after diaper changes;
- Thoroughly cleaning objects and surfaces (toys, doorknobs, etc.) that may be contaminated with a virus that causes HFMD; and
- Avoiding close contact (like kissing and hugging) with people who are infected.