Hand, foot, and mouth disease.
This is a condition that is fairly common. It widely affects children under the age of 5. Typically, babies contract HFMD because they touch everything and then make a beeline for their mouths, if they can.
Most people think this is an illness that mainly affects children in daycare and that couldn’t be further from the truth.
We have been blessed to have the ability to keep T out of daycare because, my mother, Z, retired and has been keeping him while we work.
So, now that we’ve got that out of the way. T contracted HFDM late last week. It started with a fever and a couple of random bumps on his knees. I made him an appointment and the doctor confirmed it. She says in a matter-of-fact tone, “He probably got it from daycare” *insert shoulder shrug* to which I said “Nope, no ma’am.” She then says, “Oh, maybe a play date?” To which again, I reply “Nope, no ma’am”. She looked thoroughly confused at this point lol. She then offers up, “Shopping carts?” *theres that shrug again*
*I’ll admit I’m not always the best with pulling out the shopping cart cover when we make a pit stop for bread. So that makes total sense.*
T’s doctors treatment plan include lots of hydration, moisturizer, and nurse, nurse, nurse! Apparently we have antibodies to HFMD that can be passed to baby thru breast milk.
So that is how T and I have spent the last 6 days. I didn’t expect an early Thanksgiving break and I’ll admit I wasn’t exactly thrilled about missing so much work but, T needed me and I am blessed to have the ability to be here for him.
Tips and things you should know about HFMD:
- While it’s not as severe adults and older children can contract HFMD. I did and it presented itself as bumps in the back of my throat.
- Baby is most contagious in the first 5-7 days
- HFMD is spread thru feces and saliva.
- Because HFMD is viral there is no medication for it and you’ve got to just let it run its course
- Disinfect and sterilize everything!
- If your little one has eczema prepare for the rashes to look AWFUL.
- Keep your little one moisturized. We used lots of vitamin E oil.
- Adding a little lavender oil & Epsom salt to bath time can help soothe baby and their skin
- This is not a one and done condition. Just because you got it once doesn’t mean you can’t get it again.
I hope this was helpful,