What do I do if my child has “Hand, Foot, and Mouth” (HFM)
HFM is a virus, and is contagious. It's always a good idea to be sure there is as little interaction between someone with HFM and other friends and family during this time (easier said than done). It may be best to wear clothing to cover the areas where sores are viewable, to hopefully cut down on exposure to others.
It also might be a good idea to diffuse an anti-germ blend* to combat airborne germs during this time. Be sure it contains essential oils safe for all ages. Download Child-Safe Alternatives to Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Peppermint here inside the Learning Center.*
Like any virus, the sick one should consume immune-boosting herbal teas and lots of water. Elderberry syrup is my #1 suggestion for viruses, as it has been shown to reduce symptoms and length of illness. You can find my Elderberry recipe here inside the Learning Center*.
Tea Tree is safe for all ages and effective for both the virus itself, as well as reducing pain and soothing the itch. Aloe Vera Gel makes a great carrier, as it is soothing as well. It is not recommended to using a roller bottle to apply, as we want to to prevent spreading. It's best to dip a Q-tip in bottle of the mixture and apply to the sores that way (no double-dipping!). The Bug Bites Roller Bottle recipe* can help with the itching and is anti-viral.