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 daycares 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 a fever and I consider 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 favorite 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 colored blisters started increasing in number as time passed. This is when I decided to rush Sara to her pediatrician and we reached around 11 in the morning to the doctor. As usual, the clinic was crowded and Sara was crying continuously. It was very difficult for me to wait for our turn to see the doctor. It took around 2 hours for us to see the doctor and these two hours were the longest for me and Sara. I got a 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 the 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 the body before appearing on the body. And the worst part of it is Sara has got plenty of them in her mouth and throat as well. Poor kid was in so much pain and I didn’t 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 the clinic. And as suggested by a 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 a 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 the day the fourth Sara has blisters almost all over the body including palms and soles. And the color 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 give relief from mouth ulcers pain. She got a break from her continues crying to see the ice creams of so many flavors.

On the 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 it’s hard to stop them from doing their Favorite things.

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On day sixth Sara woke up happy and started playing from 7 A.M. in the morning. Usually, she starts her day 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 the doctor to get “Fit for school certificate”. This ‘physically fit ‘certificate is necessary to join back school. This is how we said goodbye to sara’s HFMD  episode and hope it won’t reappear again.

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