It's tough to see your kid suffer from any illness, but one that produces rashes and ulcers all over the body is potentially alarming. So if your kid gets diagnosed with hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD), the resulting blisters can be concerning. That's why you should know how to treat HFMD in kids, because it's a common illness among the pre-K set. Thankfully, there's a lot you can do to soothe this condition.
Also known as the coxsackie virus, hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a viral infection that can cause sores, blisters, or a rash to develop around the mouth, hands, feet, and other areas, according to WebMD. HFMD most commonly affects children younger than five years of age, because they don't yet have immunity against the virus, as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although the blisters and rashes may alarm parents, HFMD is typically not a serious disease, and most people recover from it within a week to 10 days, as further explained by the CDC. That said, there is no cure for HFMD, but home care can make your child more comfortable during the recovery process, as explained by KidsHealth. Here are some simple ways you can help treat the symptoms of HFMD as your child recovers.