Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre (SLBMC) Paediatric Department – If your child has been diagnosed with Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) here are some options you should consider.
1. Acetaminophen/Paracetamol (Tylenol)
2. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) only if over 6 months. This should not be given if the child is dehydrated. Consult a physician if you have any doubts.
General Management Will Include:
1. Breastmilk – if your child is under 6 months
2. Giving lots of liquids: water, popsicles, or apple juice. Formula should be continued if this was previously being used. You can also give Pedialyte
3. Offering soft foods applesauce, oatmeal, mashed potatoes eggs.
1. Antibiotics will not help HFMD as it is caused by a virus
2. NEVER use Aspirin
3. Your child can return to school/daycare once he/she has been free of fever for more than 24 hours and mouth ulcers and open blisters have dried.
4. The use of a topical oral anaesthetic or mouth spray can be helpful but should be discussed with your health care provider