Anyone's child had Hand Foot & Mouth disease?

Tuesday - posted on 08/22/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I was hoping my son wouldn't get it but his daycare that he goes to part time had 4 confirmed cases and 16 suspected. Well he came down with it last night so home he'll stay with mommy for a week. I am just wondering how long it can last. I may have to keep him out for longer.

So far he just has a few spots on his hands and feet, nothing on his face but tons on his bottom. Oh and a few on his tongue.

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Tawni - posted on 08/22/2009

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my son had it... its was awful! Im sorry your son got it. I have him oatmeal baths to sooth the bumps... my dr. also said you could put like itch relief lotion on him and it will help take off some of the edge. My son had it for like 5 days and it started clearing up. But ya like I said the oatmeal baths worked wonders... sometimes I gave him up to 4 baths a day just so the water could help sooth some of the pain and itching... just make sure the water isnt too warm! Also with the ones on the tounge he may not want to eat, so things like jello, rice puddings, even baby food are helpful, just nothing to acidic. I dont know how old he is but if hes able to eat those things it helped my son alot. Hope he feels better soon!

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Angelica - posted on 04/30/2013

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so my 2 year old got sent home from preschool yesterday from this another kid had it and didnt tell the teacher until they got treated and came back which is so annoying i also have a 3 month old little girl i heard could be fatal if she got it. she dont have no signs of it. idk how to go about it cause the doctor said theres nuthin they can perscribe

Danelle - posted on 08/23/2009

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I have two yr old b/g twins and they both got hand foot and mouth disease within 1 day of each other. They were out of daycare for 2 1/2 weeks, they had it really bad. The daycare claimed no other cases but the Dr. suggested that they may have caught it in public when playing with other chilren or something they touched then put their hands in their mouth. Ours was accompanied by fevers and diarreah for the first week. Mostly the Dr. just suggesed anbesol for their sores in their mouths to numb them to eat or drink and Wash frequently. I was also told that it can carry on in their bowel movements for 1 month after infection, so to continue cleaning with Bleach in the restroom and making sure they washed after any restroom use. (i do that anyway)...

Yvonne - posted on 08/23/2009

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hi there. sorry 2 hear about your son. My daughter is 11 & she got hand foot and mouth when whe was wee from school. it went round the school within a few weeks. she stayed off school for about a week just in case she passed it onto anyone else. her case a not that bad but some others had it worse but everyone cleared up. it sounds worse than it is but it will pass

Hadleigh - posted on 08/23/2009

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Hi there, i work in a centre with under twos. It is a viral disease that is passed on by direct contact and saliva. It depends on how bad your child gets it but it is no longer contageous(?spelling) once all the blisters are dry. Your centre may be doing lots of cleaning but it is a hard one to stop since the children (particularly under two) put things in their mouths and are constantly in close contact with each other. Doctors generally dont prescribe anything for it since it is viral and needs to run its course but Pamol can take the edge off since it can make them feel generally unwell and difficult to eat. Hope this helps.

Barbara - posted on 08/22/2009

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Hand, Foot and Mouth disease has been around for a very long time. My oldest child had it when she was 1yr old, she is now 35. She and another child were playing at the doctor's office and swapped pacifiers before I could stop her she put it in her mouth. One week later she had these hard bumps on her hands and feet and rash in her mouth. The Doctor prescribed antibiotics and it lasted at least 2 weeks. Pacifier got trashed and not given back to her. No matter what precautions you take, something always gets through. It is so frustrating. Dont know how the Docs are treating it now, since they dont like to give antibiotics out frequently. We got antibiotics and everything got sterilized.

Michelle - posted on 08/22/2009

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I actually caught that when I was young. I do not remember how long it last but I remember that the ones in my mouth were very painful. Sorry to hear it still happens at all.

Serena - posted on 08/22/2009

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wow! I'm sorry. They diagnosed my daughter with it, but only because they couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. She just had this rash all over her body. So, not sure on that one. But I would definately be switching daycares if there were that many cases there!!!! Did the doctor tell you anything about it? well, it definately means they don't have good handwashing techniques. Good Luck!

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That daycare needs to bleach all toys and bedding,carpeting needs to be cleaned if there is carpet, and furniture wiped down.. and dont forget to keep doing your carseats...and remind the other moms they need to do the same..

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