Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
In my area, I’ve now heard of at least three children being afflicted by Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD). HFMD is a common viral illness that impacts infants and youth under 5 years old and include, “blister-like sores in the mouth and a skin rash (About Hand, 2014). According to the CDC (2013), this virus can be spread by:
- Close personal contact,
- The air (through coughing or sneezing),
- Contact with feces,
- Contaminated objects and surfaces
As HFMD is contagious, it is best to keep a child at home until they are no longer a risk to others. It’s also in the best interest of other household members to ensure common items are sanitized on a daily basis, this includes door/faucet handles, counters, toys, etc. Be sure to wash hands often and avoid hugging, kissing, sharing silverware and cups. The avoidance of hugging and kissing is a hard one as it is natural for a parent to want to comfort their child; just know that adults can contract HFMD, though the chances are low.
The herbs in the following recipes include ginger, honey, garlic, thyme, sage and rosemary; each of which contains antiviral and/or antibacterial properties. Coconut oil contains antioxidant and antimicrobial properties as well as being an excellent skin healer in general and for HFMD blisters. The coconut oil can be purchase from a natural foods store or online from a retailer such as www.BrambleBerry.com.
Ginger & Honey Tea Recipe
- 1 Teaspoon of dried ginger root
- 1 Cup of hot water
- Honey to taste (CAUTION: Honey is not recommended for children under 2 years of age)
- Steep ginger in hot water for 5-10 minutes
- Strain and discard the ginger and add honey
- Allow to cool before consuming
Antiviral Broth Recipe
- 2 Cups of beef or chicken stock
- 1 Crushed garlic clove
- 1 Teaspoon each of dried thyme, sage and rosemary (Optional)
- To a pot, add the stock, garlic and dried herbs
- Simmer for 15 minutes
- Allow to cool and serve
Coconut Oil Skin Heal Remedy
- 100% Pure, virgin coconut oil
- Apply the coconut oil to external blisters twice a day until healed
Remember, in addition to using the recipes above, keep those household items sanitized and hopefully your child will have a speedy recovery.
About Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) – Overview. (2014, July 7). CDC. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/index.html.
Transmission. (2013, April 26). CDC. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/transmission.html