Hand foot and mouth disease ( HFMD )

While enrolling sara to playschool this year I hardly knew about dreadful Hand foot mouth disease. I heard about Hand foot mouth disease(  HFMD ) earlier and  knew how easily it spreads in schools, kindergartens and day cares in singapore.Sara was very keen to mingle with her age kids and I wanted her to be more social thus started her school.Initial period in her was smooth and she adjusted very well with her friends.

Before few days she had fever and I  considering it as a viral  fever  and treated it with medicines also gave off to school.She insisted many times to go to school as its very boring for her to seat at home and do nothing.She enjoys school and activities there. On first 2 days fever persisted and it was in the range 38 F to 39 F.I gave paracetamol to her for fever and hardly had any idea that my little munchkin has caught HFMD. Sara was cranky all the time and hardly ate anything for 2 days. I made sure to offer her favourite things to eat ,but all in vein.One 3 rd day morning the real trouble started and small blisters /ulcers started appearing on her hands and feet. Initially small and white coloured blisters started increasing in number as time passed. This is when I decided to rush sara to her pediatrition and we reached around 11 in the morning to doctor. As usual the clinic was crowded and sara was crying continuesly. It was very difficult for me to wait for our turn to see the doctor. It took around 2 hours for us to see doctor and these two hours were the longest for me and sara. I got number of call from my family and hubby as they were worried to know about sara’s blisters. We hardly had an idea about HFMD and clueless to see the blisters on all over her body.All my family members were panic to see it.

Hand foot mouth disease
Blisters on hand
Hand foot mouth disease
HFMD Blisters on leg

After consulting doctor she declared the fever and blisters as HFMD which sara might have caught from school before 5-7 days. HFMD takes 5-7 days incubation period in body before apprearing on body. And worst part of it is sara has got  plenty of them in her mouth and throat as well. Poor kid was in so much of pain and i didnt know about it.Because of it mouth ulcers she wasn’t able to swallow anything and that’s why hard on food. We reached home by afternoon from clinic. And as suggested by doctor I gave more liquids to her. Because of ulcers in mouth and throat she wasn’t able to swallow  food or water. Though it was challenge to make her drink water, I tried offering juices and Glucon D drink as she would have got dehydrated without liquids.Luckily she drank plenty of liquids which definitely helped for faster recovery.

On day fourth sara has blisters almost all over body including palms and soles. And colour turned to red and could see white liquid in some of  them. For her diet I kept it simple like porridge , soups and khichadi. I made sure to include all easy to swallow things for her. And sara was very happy to see ice creams as I gave it to her. Ice creams are soothing food in HFMD and gives relief from mouth ulcers pain. She got a break from her continues crying to see the ice creams of so many flavours.

On fifth day no new blisters appeared and old blisters were turned to little brownish shade. As she didn’t have any fever she was active back again and kept running all over the house. I was worried for blisters on her soles as she was running it might have definitely hurt her.But kids being kids its hard to stop them from  doing their Favorite things.

On day sixth Sara woke up happily and started playing from 7 A.M. in the morning.Usually she starts her day at around this time or earlier than this.And this playing goes on until she sleeps in the night.She had food properly and blisters also were looking much better.On their first day of appearance blisters were red hot and really scary.It was very painful to see our little munchkin in pain.But we couldn’t escape her from HFMD and luckily it was over.Blisters slowly recovered and it took time to get back normal skin.She was away from school for 10 days as suggested by the doctor.HFMD is highly contagious and that’s why we kept her away from school and playground as well. Quarantine is extremely necessary for kids having Hand foot and mouth disease as other kids who come in contact may get it easily. After 10 days we visited doctor to get “Fit for school certificate”. This fit certificate is necessary to join back school. This is how we said good bye to  sara’s HFMD  episode and hope it wont reappear again.

Thanks,

Rupali

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