We recently saw a question from a frantic mom wondering if there were any remedies for hand, foot, and mouth disease pain. She said “Hi Moms, any thing to help with mouth ulcers of HFM disease for one-year-old? He is in bad pain and didn’t drink since last night!” We could feel her desperation; no one wants to see their baby in pain like that! So we checked into it. Keep in mind that you should ALWAYS consult your doctor before trying any remedies for hand, foot and mouth disease pain. This is not medical advice and only intended for informational purposes.
Hand foot and mouth disease is a painful disease that usually affects kids younger than 5 years of age, but sometimes adults can be affected as well. Your child will run a fever and have blisters appear in the mouth, and also develop a rash. Poor little guys! I have never had hand foot and mouth disease, nor have my children (knock on wood!), but I have heard the blisters are very sore and painful. There really is no concrete medical treatment for hand, foot and mouth but there are some things you can do at home to help relieve the pain.
Remedies for Dealing with Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Pain
Some liquids, like sugary juices and acidic beverages, are going to be painful. Stick to sips of water and ice chips. Milk is ok too. The best part of this (if there can be a ‘best part’) is that ice cream and sherbet are going to be eaten a lot! So if you haven’t figured it out yet, cold liquid is good. The less sugar and acid in the beverage, the better, or you will just be causing your child more pain. Also, give beverages in a cup rather than a bottle, the sucking could be painful.
As you might imagine, hard, scratchy foods, like toast and cereal will irritate the blisters and eating will be a painful and unpleasant experience for your child. Stick to things like yogurt, pudding, jello, applesauce or mashed cauliflower.
Now that he has eaten, it will be important for your child to rinse his mouth. Just a simple salt water solution will do. It will help relieve some of the pain as well and keeping the blisters clean. Swish it around and gargle and spit it out, repeat a couple of times to make sure all the food particles are gone and his mouth is cleaned out.
You can give your child Ibuprofen for his fever and acetaminophen for the pain. I hope this goes without saying, but follow the instructions on the label. In addition to fever meds, you can also try a cool washcloth to the back of the neck, forehead and back of the knees to help bring the fever down.
Hand, foot, and mouth is very contagious, so as much isolation as possible for the infected one. For you, take care of yourself, wash your hands and disinfect everything, even if you think you already have, do it again, just to be sure. You don’t want this going around your house! Think of how bad it is with the flu hits your home.