This past week has been horrible. My kindergartner caught Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease and a bad case of it too. If you’ve never heard of it before here’s a detailed and information description of it that the school put out in a news letter to other parents to be aware of this going around in the classroom among the students. My son wasn’t the only one who caught it. In fact, every student at his table came down with it.
Hand foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is a contagious caused by different viruses. Infants and children younger than 5 years of age are more likely to get this disease, however older children and adults can get it, too. The symptoms usually last between 7-10 days. My son was diagnosed on last Wednesday and the doctor let him go back to school on Monday. He said he was contagious only for the first 3-4 days.
Here’s pictures of his foot and arm on day 6. He had a pretty bad case and it spread from his hands up his arm, around his feet, and he also had it on his butt cheek, too. He couldn’t wear shoes for almost a week because his feet hurt so bad. Eating was hard for him. His throat was so sore.
Symptoms of Hand foot and mouth disease
Symptoms usually begin with a fever, reduced appetite, sore throat. A day or two after the fever starts painful sores will develop in the mouth. I couldn’t see the one’s in my son’s throat until the doctor shined his light in there. A skin rash with flat red spots then develop on the hands, feet and around the mouth. For my son his feet began to itch terribly. They were red around the bottom of his feet and then I noticed bumps, too. I put Calamine lotion on his feet to help ease the itch and gave him Benedryl so he could sleep.
How Hand foot and mouth disease It Spreads
- Close contact such as kissing, hugging, sharing cups, eating utensils
- Coughing and sneezing
- Contact with blister fluid
- Touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them
- contact with feces which can happen during diaper changes
Doc did say that older children can get a mild case and may not exhibit all the symptoms. When I was at the doctors and getting a note for him to return back to school the nurse asked if I wanted her to put what the circumstances were. I said, “Absolutely.” Because this is so contagious it’s our duty as parents to make sure that the school knows when your child catches this so that other children can be protected and the things that your children uses at school are sanitized properly so that Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) doesn’t spread throughout our schools.