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 Post subject: Coxsackie - Managing discomfort/itchiness?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:07 pm 
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So after reading everywhere that coxsackie is no big deal, I was blinded by just how uncomfortable the boils and blisters are making L. She hasn't been able to sleep well, and wakes up screaming from itching herself. Plus she has sores in her mouth, which are making her very unhappy.

I am putting coconut oil on her skin, she refuses oatmeal baths, and I just want her to be able to get a good night's sleep and not be unhappy.

I am so grateful that this isn't anything worse, but man, I feel so bad for her! Being sick when you're a kid is the worst! She can't understand what is going on and was asking me if it was bug bites :(

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 Post subject: Re: Coxsackie - Managing discomfort/itchiness?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:57 pm 
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Poor sweetheart. I hope she is better soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Coxsackie - Managing discomfort/itchiness?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:19 pm 
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Poor thing! Would Calamine Lotion be any help?

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 Post subject: Re: Coxsackie - Managing discomfort/itchiness?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:23 pm 
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Poor Leela! I had chicken pox in my mouth as a kid (horrible) and the only thing that helped was cold stuff - cold water, cold food. Maybe some soy ice cream is on the menu?


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 Post subject: Re: Coxsackie - Managing discomfort/itchiness?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:14 pm 
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I don't know for sure if 2 year olds can take it, but you can use numbing mouth spray if the sores in your mouth are too bad, stuff like Chloraseptic. For sleeping, I know it's a bit counterintuitive maybe, but try and cover her up (with non-itchy clothes :p). The more her skin is accessible, the more she'll scratch, even in her sleep.

Hope it clears up soon!


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 Post subject: Re: Coxsackie - Managing discomfort/itchiness?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:08 am 
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ok! i googled coxsackie and it is what we called hand, foot and mouth disease. zahara and elijah both had it this year. but i'm no help, they both were totally unphased by it. but, i would suggest a chamomile tea bath... it's pretty and smells like apples, is calming for skin and for hectic toddlers :) zahara was absolutely covered in spots, she looked atrocious... when they started scabbing around her mouth it looked like her face was covered in old cornflakes hehehehe. and i second the cold things to suck on :)


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 Post subject: Re: Coxsackie - Managing discomfort/itchiness?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:44 am 
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Poor Leela! What about Dermaplast spray? I am married to that stuff postpartum. The can says its safe for 2 years+.


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 Post subject: Re: Coxsackie - Managing discomfort/itchiness?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:33 am 
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What about an OTC antihistamine that's approved for toddlers? If she's old enough for children's Benadryl (I can't remember when they can start taking that, but my oldest was given it for a reaction to bug bites when he was about three), that would help with the itching and make it easier for her to sleep, too. Poor little bug - I hope she feels better soon!

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 Post subject: Re: Coxsackie - Managing discomfort/itchiness?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:00 pm 
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jeebus, i've responded to this thread 3x and somehow it never sticks. i was going to say benadryl for itchies- we used basically from about 6 months on. check dosage. it also causes drowsiness (which can be a blessed, blessed thing).
also, calamine is awesome and i don't think i've ever heard of it being contraindicated for anything. oatmeal can also be done as a compress, not just a bath, and might be fun (make a little cheesecloth bag, strip down, and pat those itchy spots).
the girls had it but i don't remember any real discomfort, just general panic on my part.

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 Post subject: Re: Coxsackie - Managing discomfort/itchiness?
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HFM sucks! LittleEnchilada had it in September and the worst part for him was not playing with other kids for a whole week. He'd look out the window at our neighbor friends and cry and cry. He didn't have any blisters in his mouth so I don't have any helpful advice there, but just wanted to say hugs to both of you - that was an awful week for both of us!


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 Post subject: Re: Coxsackie - Managing discomfort/itchiness?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:44 pm 
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Hi BigEnchiladas! So nice to hear from you! I am so sorry that you and LittleE had such a rough time! It sounds so sad to imagine him crying for his friends!

L is definitely all better - we really had three bad nights (very interrupted sleep) and now she's almost all healed up. It has been frustrating not being able to go play with others, especially because I also didn't get a clear idea of the period of contagiousness - there seemed to be so many different time periods suggested, so I am just holding off going anywhere until next Monday.

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 Post subject: Re: Coxsackie - Managing discomfort/itchiness?
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yep, the not playing with other kids bit was definitely the worst bit for us!


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