Hand, foot & mouth A couple of weeks ago Florence started getting very irritable. She got a slight fever and was waking up several times during the night.
A few days along and I noticed a sore spot by her lip and a little rash on her face, the next day a very tiny rash started creeping up her tummy- Immediately I thought it was chicken pox!
It was a bank holiday weekend so could not see the doctor until the Tuesday (It was Saturday), so I called NHS direct and after a very in depth conversation they said it was better to wait and see the GP rather than go to the hospital, they gave me a long list of things to keep an eye on.
The next day she was ok but the spots worsened on her feet, hands and around her mouth.
A friend of mine called me and said that her little boy Harry had been diagnosed with Hand,foot and mouth.
Straight away I looked up the diagnosis on the NHS website and here is what it said...
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a viralinfection that can affect young children.
It doesn't usually pose a serious threat to a child's health, but it can be be an unpleasant condition, particularly if it affects younger children.
Typical symptoms of hand foot and mouth disease include:
- cold-like symptoms, such as loss of appetite, cough and a moderately high temperature of around 38-39°C (100.4- 102.2°F)
- a non-itchy red rash that develops on the hand and the feet; sometimes the rash can develop into painful blisters
- painful mouth ulcers
When to see your GP
Hand, foot and mouth disease is what is a self-limiting condition, which means that it will get better by on its own without treatment. The symptoms will usually pass within seven days.
However, speak to your GP or call NHS Direct (0845 46 47) if you are unsure whether your child has hand, foot and mouth disease.
You should also contact your GP if your child isn’t drinking any fluid or their symptoms last longer than seven days.
Treating hand, foot and mouth disease
There is currently no cure for hand, foot and mouth disease, so treatment involves making your child feel as comfortable as possible while waiting for the infection to take its course.
Possible treatment options include:
- using paracetamol, ibuprofen and mouth gels to relieve the pain of mouth ulcers
- drinking plenty of fluids to help relieve a high temperature
Florence got better and better as each day passed but I thought it would be useful to share because I had no idea what it was.
Florence now has peeling skin where the spots were and once again I researched and this is pretty common, she is now back happy playing with her friends again.
Although it is contagious the doctor said its not something to worry about, just keep an eye out for any dramatic changes... Its definitely been a good warm up for when she gets chicken pox and I have all the supplies at the ready!!