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Old 10-02-2012, 06:43 PM   #1
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Dis'ers..I need you! Case of Hand, Foot, Mouth disease

OK all you moms (and dads) out there. We are supposed to leave for a quick four night trip this Saturday with our daughters Molly, who is ten, and Lily, 18 months old. Well, on Sunday Lily had a low grade fever and wasn't her usual self. Crying, clingy, not eating, ect. She kept pointing to her mouth and crying. I chalked it up to a sore throat since Molly and myself had one a few days prior.
Today Lily was crying and I noticed a bunch of little blister like sores on her tongue. Put in a call to the pediatrician......Hand, foot and mouth disease. The poor baby is in misery. The doc assured us that she is not contagious, but may have these symptoms for 3-7 days. She will not eat and is just inconsolable. My heart breaks for her.
Question..............has anyone had any kind of experience with this?? I never have and am wondering if I should change our plans or hope that she will be better by Saturday morning. Any advice/experience would be SUPER appreciated. Thanks all!!!!!
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:59 PM   #2
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My 2 year old just got over it

We were lucky that she didn't get any blisters inside her mouth. She actually felt the worst before the spots appeared. The bottoms of her feet were the worst. She was feeling better within a few days. It's been over 2 weeks and she still has a couple of spots.

I wouldn't cancel your plans, but be sure you take plenty of Tylenol or Motrin.

Oh, and I've heard that if you mix equal parts Benadryl and Maalox it's good for the mouth sores.
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thank you sooo much for your reply. I am so glad your little one feels better. This is just awful......
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:21 PM   #4
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I'm sorry that your little one is sick! You say that she is not eating - what about drinking? Is she drinking consistently to keep hydrated, especially with being ill? I know how hard it is to get them to drink with a sore mouth or throat. I'm sure she will be feeling so much better by this weekend, but I would make sure she was drinking normally before taking her far from home. My son took longer getting over it and wouldn't drink well - he never does if his mouth/throat is sore, so that was a real problem for us as not getting enough fluids just makes them sicker!
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:39 PM   #5
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thank you!! Yes she is drinking......thank goodness!!! I think the cold water makes her feel better. She just wakes up from a sound sleep and points to her mouth and cries!! I am soooo not used to this as she was a breast fed baby who was NEVER sick and now this!! I am feeling like I should change our plans......but of course then you know she will be fine Friday evening!!!
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:40 PM   #6
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I'm wondering why your doctor told you that Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease isn't contagious. It is HIGHLY contagious. It's really not a good idea to go to Disney until she's over it.

I guess technically the CDC considers it a "moderate" contagion, but it can be spread through the air by coughing and sneezing...That doesn't seem "moderate" to me.
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http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/a...nsmission.html

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is spread from person to person by direct contact with the infectious viruses that cause this disease. These viruses are found in the nose and throat secretions (such as saliva, sputum, or nasal mucus), fluid in blisters, and stool of infected persons. The viruses may be spread when infected persons touch objects and surfaces that are then touched by others.

Infected persons are most contagious during the first week of the illness. The viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease can remain in the body for weeks after a person’s symptoms have gone away. This means that infected people can still pass the infection to others even though they may appear well. Also, some people who are infected and shedding the virus, including most adults, may have no symptoms.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is not transmitted to or from pets or other animals.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:44 AM   #8
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I'm wondering why your doctor told you that Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease isn't contagious. It is HIGHLY contagious. It's really not a good idea to go to Disney until she's over it.

I guess technically the CDC considers it a "moderate" contagion, but it can be spread through the air by coughing and sneezing...That doesn't seem "moderate" to me.
Our doctor told us it wasn't contagious once she was fever-free
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:59 PM   #9
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[QUOTE=Missy13d69;46332291] I'm wondering why your doctor told you that Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease isn't contagious. It is HIGHLY contagious. It's really not a good idea to go to Disney until she's over it.

I guess technically the CDC considers it a "moderate" contagion, but it can be spread through the air by coughing and sneezing...That doesn't seem "moderate" to me.[/

Yep, it is the MOST contagious the first week, and person is contagious until blister lesions disappear -- however, it can be contagious for weeks afterwards as well in feces.
It is passed on in the air: sneezing & coughing, by personal contact : hugging, kissing, touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them, and lastly, in the feces. Which, by the way, this virus can stay in feces for weeks.
Normally, most daycare centers and schools will tell you to keep your child home until the blister lesions have disappeared.
I'm thinking, if your little girl has blisters still the day before you are suppose o leave, then really, she shouldn't go.
You need to think about all the other people that this could be passed onto. Especially in a plane.....
I hate to say this, I'm sure it's really disappointing.
Hope she gets better fast!!
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:23 PM   #10
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It's going around here like crazy right now. Poor thing .

I would stick with Popsicles, frozen yogurt pops, ice cream, frozen grapes (cut up so no choking hazard). Frozen blueberries. Jello maybe?

I'd give her dome Tylenol for pain as well. Hopefully she's feeling better by the time you leave.
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Having worked in daycare for 11 years, it is a daycare licensing law in our state that if you have HF&M you cannot return to daycare until the sores are completely scabbed over.

I caught this myself. It is EXTREMELY painful. I walked like a cripple. You feel like you're walking on needles. It was painful for anyone to touch me. My elbows and heels felt like they were on fire. My fingers hurt to even do 2 finger typing. It hurt to hold a phone. I felt like I was crippled. Although it is rare for adults to get it, I did. Probably because I work closely with kids. If your child acts like they are in pain, please believe me. They are in extreme pain. It is a pain I never felt before. I can only equate it to someone putting needles into every pressure point of your body. I missed work for a week because of it. I was not allowed back until the blisters started to burst and then scabbed over. It is contagious until is scabs over....according to our Communicable Disease training we have to take every 3 years, and according to state licensing.

I honestly don't think your daughter will be happy if you go anywhere less than 7 days after she started experiencing symptoms. This takes a while to work its course. Poor baby girl. I feel very bad for your Lily. I know what she is going through. I'd rather have the stomach flu for a week than this. Touch her lightly in various areas like the bottom of her feet, her heels, ankles, elbows, palms of her hands. See if she has any tender areas. They will feel tender for a few days before you see blisters forming. Some kids only get a sore throat and that is usually the milder form. If she starts getting tender in other areas, you know you're in for a bigger recovery time.

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Old 10-02-2012, 09:11 PM   #12
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My son just had it a few weeks ago. He had a mild case and the symptoms were much better after about 3 days. I hope the same is true for your daughter! It sure stinks when you're about to go on vacation and someone gets sick. So stressful!
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Having worked in daycare for 11 years, it is a daycare licensing law in our state that if you have HF&M you cannot return to daycare until the sores are completely scabbed over.

I caught this myself. It is EXTREMELY painful. I walked like a cripple. You feel like you're walking on needles. It was painful for anyone to touch me. My elbows and heels felt like they were on fire. My fingers hurt to even do 2 finger typing. It hurt to hold a phone. I felt like I was crippled. Although it is rare for adults to get it, I did. Probably because I work closely with kids. If your child acts like they are in pain, please believe me. They are in extreme pain. It is a pain I never felt before. I can only equate it to someone putting needles into every pressure point of your body. I missed work for a week because of it. I was not allowed back until the blisters started to burst and then scabbed over. It is contagious until is scabs over....according to our Communicable Disease training we have to take every 3 years, and according to state licensing.

I honestly don't think your daughter will be happy if you go anywhere less than 7 days after she started experiencing symptoms. This takes a while to work its course. Poor baby girl. I feel very bad for your Lily. I know what she is going through. I'd rather have the stomach flu for a week than this. Touch her lightly in various areas like the bottom of her feet, her heels, ankles, elbows, palms of her hands. See if she has any tender areas. They will feel tender for a few days before you see blisters forming. Some kids only get a sore throat and that is usually the milder form. If she starts getting tender in other areas, you know you're in for a bigger recovery time.

We all caught it last year at Disney, symptoms started showing up a few days after we got back. I had it the worst in the family and it was probably the sickest I have ever been in my life. Fever, throat that felt like I was swallowing glass or razor blades every time I tried to eat and painful, tingling sores all over my hands and feet that hurt so badly I couldn't sleep for 2 days even with my dr calling in a script for vicodin. I ended up losing all of my finger and toenails as well as having all the skin on the palms of my hands and soles of my feet peel off in the weeks after. DH and the kids had it too, but the more normal version - horrid sore throat and a few sores. I had hundreds!


PS the only thing I could eat or drink was chocolate milk. The dairy soothed my throat. Juice was 10x more painful because of the acid.
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DD caught it this summer when she was 16 months. It was horrible for the 2 days after the fever. Then she was back to normal, except for the blisters that kept coming out.

She too, lost most of her toenails, but it didn't stop her except that I couldn't put sneakers or closed shoes on. Thank god it was summer, so she was fine in sandals.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:23 AM   #15
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This is going around like crazy in our school. I feel for everyone who gets it. Hoping everyone feels great for your trip and no one else gets sick while away.
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