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Old 10-02-2012, 08:27 PM   #16
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Also wanted to ad that when my kids had it they felt better after about 5 days after I realized what they had. None if them had a fever or actually felt sick, just the uncomfortable sores.
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DS has had it a few times - it's miserable!
Our doctor suggested popcicles - the cold should help his throat/mouth feel better and it helps get some fluids down there. Like others have said, there's not much you can do other than motrin and wait it out. Fortunately, it was only 2 or 3 days of misery for DS.
Out doc said what yours did - once he has symptoms, the highest risk of contagion has already passed. I wouldn't worry about traveling on Saturday. He should be turning the corner by then.
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Thank you!!!! Oh no....a few times! Yikes!
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:38 PM   #18
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WOW, guess sharing what I have learned was not what you wanted to hear. Hope you get advice you like.

From original post "The doc assured us that she is not contagious, but may have these symptoms for 3-7 days."
SHE. Not the HFM disease
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Also wanted to ad that when my kids had it they felt better after about 5 days after I realized what they had. None if them had a fever or actually felt sick, just the uncomfortable sores.
Isn't it crazy? I just thought it was a sore throat until I saw the sores!
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:44 PM   #20
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DS has had it a few times - it's miserable!
Our doctor suggested popcicles - the cold should help his throat/mouth feel better and it helps get some fluids down there. Like others have said, there's not much you can do other than motrin and wait it out. Fortunately, it was only 2 or 3 days of misery for DS.
Out doc said what yours did - once he has symptoms, the highest risk of contagion has already passed. I wouldn't worry about traveling on Saturday. He should be turning the corner by then.
Good luck!
thank you for the advice!!
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:07 PM   #21
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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   #22
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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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Old 10-03-2012, 04:30 AM   #24
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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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Poor little bean. My best advise, ask your pharmacist about Magic Mouthwash, it's worth a call. I have a friend who kids got HFM and she swears by this stuff. I think it's something they make up without a prescription but I'm not sure. But take a few minutes to call your pharmacist because they can tell you what works. Good luck.
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Ok I got the scoop. She swears by this stuff. It's called magic mouthwash and your doctor needs to call it in for you. My friends son had it at exactly the same age and she said it helped a ton.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:36 AM   #27
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You just have to wait it out and try to make her as comfy as possible. Tylenol and popsicles and lots of milk since she's not eating. It will get better. The blisters are very painful but you should see signs soon of her improving. Also, try cold applesauce. Good luck.


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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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We've had it here several times, and it really does vary with how bad it is, and how long it lasts. We've had mild and severe cases, and times when other kids didn't catch it. My twins have never had it - the only childhood illness they've managed to miss, so far. It certainly isn't the worst.
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Thanks for everyone's thoughts. Baby woke up this morning and drank a little milk and had a bit of pumpkin bread, so that's a great sign! It was a rough night though! I swear someone in my family ALWAYS get sick right before or while at Disney. Last November my 16 year old got a sinus and ear infection the day before we left. In April my 15 year old got a terrible cold in Disney and woke up with pink eye! However the most embarrassing was when the 8 year old got sick at T-Rex! I swear we are not sickly people....just when it comes to vacation I guess. Murphy's Law!
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