My 2 Year Old Has Coxsackie Virus

Updated on November 19, 2009
C.A. asks from Oswego, NY
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Hi moms. My 2 year old went to the doctor 10 days ago for flu like symptoms and discovered that not only did he test positive for the h1n1 but he had a bad case of Coxsackie Virus. It's out of season but somehow he got it. He wasn't able to eat much more than pedia-sure for the first week but he is slowly coming back to some softer foods. He and his big brother had it last summer but I don't remember it being this bad or lasting this long. The doctor and many websites have said it should last about a week but he still has trouble eating and will not use his pacifier so naps and nighttime sleeping have been ROUGH.

i guess I was just wondering if anyone else has had it this long? And were there any homeade remedies to help ease the pain. i tried orajel and that seems to do ok. Should i take him back to his ped? Thanks in advance.

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So What Happened?

Well its almost been 2 weeks and sure enough,like all of you said,the sores are gone!! Thanks for all the helpful tips and remedies. I'll be sure to try them if/when it happens again. Also,we DID take advantage of him not being able to suck his weewee [pacifier,weird name i know haha]. He doesn't seem to know what to do with it now. He will walk right by it most times and other times he picks it up and carries it around but has not once put it in his mouth. I put it in his mouth to see what his reaction would be and he took it out and said "ewww,no" sooo I'm thinking he's done. Blessing in disguise!

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answers from New York on

My daughter had it this summer and it seemed to be at least 2 weeks for it to completely get through her system. A week of the sores getting bad and they were there for another. It was pretty awful. Good luck.

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my son would get it really bad.. the purple stuff helps.. gentian violet.. if you ever get it again.. it's for thrush.. but coxasie -- it works on too. good luck.. eating an ice pop helps too. they shouldn't use a pacifier .. because it could reinfect!!!


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Hi C.,
Try to get "Pink Honey" not the regular one! make sure that it's the pink one and rub a little in his mouth sores. Try to take advantage of it for him to let go of the pacifier now that you have the chance. But overall the pink honey helped me some 9 years ago when my son had it, he was about the same age as yours. Hope this helps.



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Hi, my daughter had coxsackie last summer too, and yes, it did last two weeks, i thought we'd never be happy again!!! She was miserable (she'll be 3 nov. 29th) and literally ate NOTHING for about 5 to 6 days. The first thing she ate was yogurt which the dr. said may have coated some of the sores and allowed her to eat, but all in all it seemed like an eternity and like you, she LOVES< LOVES her binky and would refuse it while this was going on. I would go in at night when she'd cry (b/c she was uncomfortable) hoping to slip the binky in and no go - it was awful. sorry. Someone told me (after the fact) of a sort of old wives tale remedy, it's that you mix benadryl and kaopectate and have them swish w/ it. supposedly the benadryl helps the pain, and the kaopectate coats the sores....but don't do this w/out checking w/ doc. Like i said , i n ever tried it, but i would have tried anything at that point. Good luck...also, my daughter had the blisters on her bottom too - it was bad. Hope he feels better soon!!



answers from New York on

if he is still sick take him back in and also ask he be checked for "Kawasaki disease" wich can be mistaken for Cocksackie virus. A.



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We gave our son tons of ice pops - as many as he wanted!
good luck


answers from New York on

Hello C. A:

I'm teaching a course next month on how to naturally address flus and viruses, in the interim, my office would be happy to assist your son, via a consultation (in-office or over the telephone). My initial sense is that Homeopathy and Aromatherapy are two approaches to start with.

Look forward to hearing from you.

My Best,



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My 4 1/2 year old son just got over this and the pediatrician had me give him 1/2 tsp of children's benadryl mixed with 1/2 tsp of pepto-bismol. This helped to coat the ulcerations in his mouth, throat, and stomach. He also recommended milk based products (yogurt, mac & cheese - were softer foods my son could eat). I also gave him plenty of soup & liquids. Check with your pediatrician to see if your 2 year old could be given a lower measurement of the above mixture for his age, because I believe this helped my son not feel so bad. Good luck & hope your little one is feeling better soon!

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