When I woke Baby C up the next morning, her bum bum was covered in red bumps along the diaper line. My first thought was that it was diaper rash and called the doctor. The nurse told me it was probably heat rash, but to keep an eye on it and call back if it gets worse or she has other symptoms.
The following day, the bumps had spread to her hands and feet, as well as, random dots all around her body. I admit, I started freaking out. My first thought was chicken pox, which can be very rough on children who have had meningitis. I explained what was going on with friends and they said it sounded like Hand Foot Mouth Disease.
|Bumps on Baby C's hand|
Of course, I read the worst of it and was so worried. Thankfully, it had not spread to her mouth, or this may have caused issues. I called the doctor on call over the weekend, but since HFMD is a virus, there isn't much you can do for it, but let it run it's course and try using natural remedies. Mama Alternative Mama shares some awesome natural remedies when it spreads to baby's mouth.
I soaked Baby C in a bath and used Shakleebaby Gentle Wash. It provides organic aloe base with oat extract and olive oil for mild lather. It also contains organic lavender to soothe and organic chamomile to calm and relax. After her bath, I smothered her with virgin coconut oil for it's antiviral properties.
|Shakleebaby Gentle Wash|
Since the virus is contagious and can be transmitted through nose and throat secretions, the fluid in blisters, or stool, we had to isolate ourselves and keep Baby C home away from other kids. Throughout the week, I have been cleaning toys and everything else that may have germs on it, with my super-safe and really powerful all purpose cleaner, Basic H2.
Baby C is back to feeling like herself again and her bumps are starting to disappear. We hope to be back playing with friends soon and staying healthy! If you are interested in any of the products I talked about, let me know! I love encouraging healthy living!
Has your child ever had Hand Foot Mouth Disease? What did you do for it?