Hand-foot-and-mouth disease

Ugh, have any of guys had to deal with this disease?

Lily has it. She got it about 3 days ago. I know, my poor baby.

If you are not familiar with hand-foot-and-mouth disease, it’s a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old although it can affect some adults also.

It causes sores in and around the mouth, hands, feet and sometimes in the buttocks area.

This disease is caused by a virus called enterovirus. The virus spreads easily through coughing and sneezing. (makes sense since she has had that nasty cold that is going around)

It first causes fatigue which explains why Lily was so tired and worn out the last week and then the blisters come to surface.

What is the remedy you might be wondering? Nothing!

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease usually goes away by itself within 7-10 days.

There are however things you can do to make your little one (or yourself) feel better.

– Offer your child plenty of cool fluids. Cold foods such as flavored ice pops and ice cream also may help.

– Do not give your child acidic or spicy foods and drinks, such as salsa or orange juice. These foods can make mouth sores more painful.

– For pain and fever, give your child something such as Tylenol, Advilor Ibuprofen.

As far as helping the disease from spreading:

– Teach all family members to wash their hands often. It is especially important to wash your hands after you change the diaper of an infected child. This is because the virus may stay in the stool for several months after the blisters heal.

– Do not let your child share toys or give kisses while he or she is infected.

– If your child goes to day care or school, talk to the staff about when your child can return.

– Wear latex or rubber gloves when you apply any lotion, cream, or ointment to your child’s blisters.

We had no idea what was going on with Lily. We thought it was some kind of rash but, Will did some researching on the net this morning and yup, this is what Lily is going through right now.

Although, she is doing much better today, we will be staying away from the parks, library and other kids.

In case you want to see what it looks like (since all the images online are terrifying), here are some picture.

even with sores, today she is in good spirits