hand-foot-and mouth disease

Brittany - posted on 03/24/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Just letting other moms know that it is very easy for your child to get hand foot and mouth disease. my daughter was just diagnosed with it last night. it's like a rash that is inside of the mouth on the hands and on the feet. it is very painful for them, the red bumps are blisters that are really achy and itch. so make sure to wash childrens hands frequently especially when attending daycare..that's how it is mostly spread. it's spread through contact or through dirty diapers of an infected child. it's only children who get it. takes 4-10 days to clear up. it's a viral infection..so just takes time to go away.

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Valerie - posted on 03/24/2010

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Is that going around now?? My daughter had it when she was just 4 months old. She is going to be 4 yrs old now, but I have a 3 month old baby who just started attending day care...*sigh* here we go again with all the sick days!

User - posted on 02/07/2012

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I know this is old but it is NOT only children who get it! I'm 27 and just lost over a week of work because I had this all over me and I got it from my son. I had a fever and flu symptoms as well. Do not think you cannot get it, it is SO NASTY!!!!

Renae - posted on 10/22/2010

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HF&M is spread only through bodily fluids. The most common ways it is spread is through people coughing and sneezing their saliva everywhere, fluid from popped blisters (ew!!!) and using public change tables.

The incubation time is 3-5 days, so warn anyone your child has been around in the last 5 days.

Children also usually need cool baths and cool milk and food because the blisters sting when in contact with anything warm.

Amanda - posted on 10/21/2010

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My 4 yr old step daughter just had it & i wont be surprised if she gets it again. her mother nvr cleans her & she never washes her hands & thats why shes always sick. Her mothers too lazy to take care of her the proper way & its pretty disgusting.

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Krista - posted on 10/22/2010

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My son caught it a few months ago, despite the fact that I keep things really quite hygenic. And yes, it was awful -- the poor little mite hardly ate or drank anything for days. He then passed it on to me, and I can tell you that if his was anywhere near as painful as mine, no wonder he was cranky. My throat felt like it was full of broken glass -- swallowing was agony. The only thing that soothed it was milkshakes, so I lived off of those for 5 days. And my hands blistered up and then peeled. It definitely was not enjoyable.

Tracy - posted on 10/22/2010

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It can also manifest with skin peeling off the hands in sheets and no other symptoms. I found that out the hard way, after going WTH for a week with my daughter. Send her back to her dad, within hours I get a call that his friend's wife diagnosed it: her sons had it the LAST time they were over 2 weeks prior.

Nicola - posted on 10/21/2010

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Trust me on this its not only children who get it i had it caught from my kids when i was 29. it is very uncomfortable in your mouth a bit like ulcers so no salty or acidic foods and i found that the skin on my hands peeled over the little blisters as they healed which looked revolting. I think the name makes it seem way worse than it actually was though.

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Very true my nephew and a good few of his daycare friends got it going back a good few years now.. its so awful to see them with it but the do recover very well.It was a shock to me&my sister as we hadn't heard of kids getting it at the time.Hope your daughter recovers fast:-)

Melissa - posted on 03/24/2010

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My daughter had that when she was about a year old. She ended up getting it from a shopping cart it was so gross. Thankfully her's was only in her mouth but it was so sad cuz she was in so much pain! Hopefully your daughters will go away soon!! Good Luck =)

Stephanie - posted on 03/24/2010

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I'm sorry your little girl has that =( I've never really heard about it. Hope she feels better soon.

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