I certainly recognize that there are far worse, more life-threatening illnesses, but this highly contagious Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is so disturbing! My 1 year old niece got it and 5 days after, my 1 and a half year old daughter who has NEVER been sick got it too!
HFMD is a highly contagious disease caused by the Enterovirus group of viruses that results in:
- sore throat / mouth sores / blister-like lesions on the tongue (which may make them lose appetite or have a hard time ingesting food)
- rashes with blistering primarily on the hands, palms, soles and feet
- sometimes on the other parts of the body, including mouth, legs, torso, elbows, bottoms and genitals
The sores usually appear first as red spots before they begin to blister. They normally won’t appear on the chest, back and face (cheeks & forehead).
This little girl doesn't even look like she has HFMD 😄👍🏻 Ysha had fever for 2 days and it's the 4th day since the spots came out. Still so blessed na di man siya nakaligtas na mahawa after her cousin Zia got it too, her pedia said malakas pa din talaga ang immune system niya for having very minimal rash/blister and on the 1st day lang siya may sorethroat that gave her a hard time swallowing but didn't totally lose appetite. 😄 Thank you so much, Lord! 🙏🏻💗 #HandFootandMouthDisease #HFMD #AmNiszhaGirl
One of the risks of the disease is dehydration, since the mouth sores can be painful. They have to be hydrated with non-acidic, clear liquids.
We were advised to make fresh fruit juices for Ysha. I also made her fruit ice candies which she enjoyed for a week. Never ever give them anything warm as it will aggravate their already hot and swollen mouth.
As with most viruses, the disease is easily spread through bodily fluids or through blister fluids if the blisters rupture. These fluids can be spread through sneezing, coughing or touching contaminated surfaces. It makes sense why HFMD spreads so quickly in schools.
There is no certain way to keep kids from acquiring this unsightly blister-inducing disease. There’s also no vaccine to prevent it. But here are some tips that might be helpful in making them a bit safer:
Wash your hands regularly.
This has been our golden rule! Encourage every member of your family to wash thoroughly and often. Good hygiene, especially hand-washing will help keep the disease from spreading. #TrustOnlyInSafeguard 😀
Avoid close contact.
No kissing or hugging! And please, don’t let others use their personal eating utensils or cups.
Keep away from sick kids.
I am guilty of this. I let my niece stay with us and play with my daughter while she has HFMD. Take note that prevention is always better than cure.
Call the doctor very quick!
If you suspect your child has HFMD, it is crucial that you immediately visit your doctor and please keep your child at home until the symptoms disappear to avoid spreading illness.
Grateful that I still have lots of milk to give my 1 and a half year old baby that may have contributed to her immediate recovery from HFMD. 🙏🏻 It's been said that breastmilk makes their immune system stronger and I could now attest to that after seeing how she recovered quickly from this illness and the blisters didn't even appear much. 😆 Excluding her teeth-are-errupting-from-my-gums days, this has been her first sickness and she passed it with flying colors! 🎉☺️👍🏻 Glad that I have @cravingbitesph lactation goodies as my partner on helping me achieve my extended breastfeeding goals. 😊🥛 . . . #breastfeedingmom #breastfedbaby #breastfeeding #bestfeeding #nursingmom #AmariaNish #AmNiszhaGirl #dyosathemomma #motherhood #mommylife #motherdaughter #mommyblogger #mommybloggerph #healthybaby #health #cravingbitesph #lactationtreats #lactationgoodies
Ysha had an intense need to snuggle for 3 days but that’s ok. It’s the least we could do to comfort them and give a little ease on what they’re going through. Let’s all try the best we can to be safe and free from any disease. Healthy diet, vitamins, proper rest and regular exercise are always the key factors to boo-ing sickness away.