Home Remedies and Prevention of Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease

Certain foods can irritate lesions on tongue, throat or mouth in hand-foot-and-mouth disease. The following measures can help reduce irritation and make eating/drinking more comfortable,

  • Take ice cream or cold sherbet
  • Suck ice pops
  • Drink cold fluids such as cold water or cold milk
  • Avoid salty and spicy foods
  • Avoid acidic foods and acidic beverages such as citrus fruits, fruit drinks
  • Eat easily digestible soft foods that do not need much chewing
  • Rinse mouth with plain warm water or with mouthwash after eating meals

These measures can help reduce irritation and provide symptomatic relief to the patient by reducing inflammation and reducing pain in mouth and throat.

Is it possible to prevent hand-foot-and-mouth disease?

It is not possible to prevent hand-foot-and-mouth disease  completely. However, certain measures can help reduce risk of hand-foot-and-mouth disease infection. They are,

  • Wash hand properly after using toilet, changing diaper or before preparing food as well as before eating. Washing with simple toilet soap is good enough for this purpose.
  • At home clean the areas that are frequently used, with soap and water or diluted solution of chlorine powder. Child care centers should be very strict in cleaning and disinfection of common areas as well as items shared by babies such as toys.
  • The hand-foot-and-mouth disease is highly contagious and children with the disease should be prevented from contact with other children. Children with hand-foot-and-mouth disease should not be sent to school to prevent spread of the disease. Unfortunately children may be infective before symptoms appear. Adults also should not venture out including office if suffering from the disease, till blister/rashes heal.
  • Teach your child good personal hygiene. Teach your child not to put finger, or any other objects in mouth, which is a common habit among children.

These measures can help reduce risk of infection, which also help reduce risk of spreading hand-foot-and-mouth disease.


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