Hand, foot and mouth disease, or HFMD as it is commonly known, is a highly contagious viral illness that usually affects young children. Hand, foot and mouth disease is frequently found in childcare settings where frequent diaper changes and potty training allows the virus to spread quickly from person to person. In fact, older teens and adults may never experience signs or symptoms of HFMD; however, they can still transmit it during the first week or so the virus is active.
Following home remedies will help a lot.
Juice of onion
Juice of onion would expel the worms from stomach and intestines. It can be given mixed with honey in a dose of 1-2 spoons in children. Crush the onion. Extract juice. Take 2 teaspoons of onion juice. Mix it with a teaspoon of honey. Give this twice a day, after food.
Neem and asafoetida remedy
Take 3-5 neem leaves.
Crush it, make it into a paste.
Take one pinch (100 mg) of asafoetida. Fry it in half a teaspoon of ghee.
Mix this fried asafoetida with neem paste.
Administer this mix along with a teaspoon of honey, once or twice a day, based on doctor’s advice.
Palasha beeja churna
Seed powder of Butea monosperma mixed with equal quantity of Vidanga Churna (Embelia ribes) and given in a dose of ¼ spoons mixed in buttermilk. It should be followed by a purgative like medicated castor oil.
Powder of Vidanga
Embelia ribes – ¼ spoons mixed in honey, curds, buttermilk or lemon juice – early in the morning. If a purgative is given and the bowel is cleansed before and after the administration, it will work in a wonderful way.
Equal parts of the juices of Holy Basil (Tulsi) and mint (Pudina) – in a dose of 1 spoonful taken in the morning and evening.
You can also try the following remedies.
Coconut Water Ice Cubes.
Dehydration is a problem with HFMD as the sores and blisters in the mouth can make eating and drinking extremely painful. Frozen coconut water cubes can help to relieve the pain and discomfort, but more importantly, because of the high potassium levels and high electrolytes, it is the perfect way to stave off dehydration.
Cool Foods and Soups.
While chewing coarse or crunchy foods is too painful, providing healthy cold summer soups helps to ensure that the body is getting the nutrients it needs to aid in recovery from the virus. Avoid foods that are salty, spicy or acidic; some fruits may be too acidic and cause more irritation and pain.
Rinse Mouth After Eating.
To get rid of any potential irritants in the mouth, mix ½ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt in a glass of tepid water. Swoosh in the mouth, spit out and repeat. This amazing salt helps to balance pH levels, supporting a healthy immune system response.
Use coconut oil for oil pulling. Put two spoons of coconut oil in the mouth and rinse inside the mouth and do not drink it. The lauric acid fights bacteria in the mouth, provides a detoxing effect, and creates an environment that is hostile to viruses, including those responsible for HFMD. After rinsing it inside the mouth for 3 minutes spit the oil out.
Gently applying coconut oil on the rash and blisters may help to speed healing. The antimicrobial and antiviral compounds in coconut oil can provide relief and may help prevent the spread of the disease.
Ginger Root Tea
Ginger has been used for 1,000s of years to heal wounds and ulcers. For a refreshing cool drink, take a 1-inch piece of peeled and bruised ginger root, and simmer it with a quart of water for 20 minutes. Strain and cool to room temperature. Then, to add a touch of sweetness and healing properties, mix in just a teaspoon or two of raw honey.
clove oil, has strong antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an ideal home remedy for hand, foot and mouth disease. Mix a few drops with a teaspoon of coconut oil, swirl in the mouth for a couple of minutes to relieve the pain and discomfort in the mouth and throat. Do not use if you are pregnant or for small children less than 3 years.
Make a licorice root tea and enjoy warm or cool with a spot of raw honey, as desired to get the best results.
This is sooo delicious! Dried lemon balm has a subtle lemony flavor that isn’t too strong for little ones (not fresh, though! It tastes like grass!). Brew a little and add a bit of raw honey once it’s cooled some. (Don’t use honey for babies under one year.)
- Give plenty of cool fluids. This makes swallowing easy. Since the child has sore throat and blisters in the mouth and throat, the child cannot take hot and solid food. Cold foods come in handy as they soothe the sores.
- Milk based fluids, apple juice, pomegranate juice, sherbet, juice etc
- Foods and drinks which are acidic or spicy in taste and nature shall be avoided. Ex. orange juice, these can further make the sores more painful.
- Citrus fruits and fruit drinks, salty and spicy foods should be avoided
- Allow soft food which doesn’t require much chewing
- Allow rinsing of mouth with warm water / warm salt water after taking food
- Lukewarm baths can also reduce body temperature
- Use mouthwashes or sprays that numb mouth pain (anaesthetic gels or creams)
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