On Friday my 3 year old son came down with a high fever. As worried parents do, I start thinking it's this and that and get myself all worked up. You
can never be too careful though. Turns out he has HFMD.
So I thought, as this is something that's going about around my area and the UK (probably everywhere)
I would just stick this up on here as a
quick reference for anyone interested.
It started off as what most would think would be a cold. Loss of appetite, high temps, drowsiness etc.
I gave him some calpol throughout the rest of the day and gave him plenty of cuddles and all that soft stuff.
He awoke the next day with rashes on his feet, hands, thighs and parts of his abdomen and nasty sores around his mouth. We rang the emergency doctor
and took him to the hospital.
The doctor diagnosed it as hand, foot and mouth disease.
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a type of viral infection that is most common in young children.
and for those who will say, ''hang on a mo, I thought that was only for cattle...''
Hand, foot and mouth disease is not the same as foot and mouth disease, which affects cattle, sheep and pigs. The two infections are unrelated,
and you cannot catch hand, foot and mouth disease from animals
The only way of dealing with HFMD is to simply rest and let the infection take it's course and make sure your child doesn't get dehydrated.
Hand foot and mouth disease is what is known as self-limiting condition meaning that it will get better by itself without the need for treatment.
Symptoms will usually pass within 7 days.
The reason I put this here is because had I looked into HFMD like I did with meningitis etc and not over look it I would have immediately known this
is what he had.
Symptoms of hand foot and mouth disease include:
•cold-like symptoms such as loss of appetite, cough and a moderately high temperature around 38 – 39C (100.4F – 102.2F)
•a non-itchy red rash that develops on the hand and the feet; though sometimes the rash can develop into painful blisters
•painful mouth ulcers
The sypmtoms he had and the ones on the NHS website were the same to a T.
So there would have been no need for the trip to the hospital imo.
HFMD is contagious so care should be taken.
HFMD is a relatively common type of infection. Most cases affect children aged 10 or younger although occasionally adults can also be affected.
Symptoms tend to be milder in adults, although a minority of adults have reported quite severe symptoms.
Both sexes are equally affected by HFMD.
So there you have it ATS. No conspiracy here just a bit of general info for anybody who has kids.
edit on 14-10-2012 by SilentE because: (no reason given)