Both kids (3y and 7m) got HFMD from a friend who didn't realize hers had it. It's been absolutely terrible. They are COVERED in blisters from head to toe. The saving grace is that only the baby has a mouth sore. They can't sleep. They are itching like crazy. They are uncomfortable, whiney, miserable. I wanted to post this because I've seen a lot of people call it "no big deal." Well, for my kids it's been awful. Imagine blisters from the size of a pinhead to a pea covering a baby's fingers and hands, toes and feet. No big deal???
What's also frustrating is that there is almost NO advice out there on how to deal with it except NSAIDS. They've been getting them around the clock, plus benedryl for the older one, probiotics, fish oil, and colloid silver. Nothing seems to be shortening the length so far.
One interesting observation - I've been laying on zinc oxide super thick all day long, and that seems to have lessened the blistering/rash in the diaper area. I wonder if it could help the big blisters elsewhere. But again, no info anywhere!
I had to spray down DS1 with lanocane to get through the night. He was rubbing his feet raw for hours on end until I thought of it. I'm sure there's some awful side effect. But what do you do when they are suffering so bad at all hours of the night?
I'm really second-guessing letting them get chicken pox naturally after this!