Aiden is having his first infantile disease 🙁 For me this is something totally new because Ophelia was never sick when she was his age. I hope it stays this way! (knock on wood) Unfortunately Aiden has hand-foot-and-mouth disease and he’s suffering from it since a couple of weeks now. How I sensed it? Read the post!
How I sensed it
A couple of weeks ago I sensed some red spots around his mouth. I thought it was a rash because he was dribbling so much. And that in combination with his pacifier made it for us easy to think it was just that. The rash became worse and Aiden was tired and had a fever. For me that was reason enough to visit out paediatrician. He diagnosed this annoying disease. My poor boy! It explained a lot of his ‘behaviour’ and not feeling well.
What is hand-foot-and-mouth disease?
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is an illness that causes sores in or on the mouth and on the hands, feet, and sometimes the buttocks and legs. The sores may be painful. The illness usually doesn’t last more than a week or so. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is common in children but can also occur in adults. It can occur at any time of year but is most common in the summer and fall.
At first your child may feel tired, get a sore throat (this is heard to find out with babies because they cry much for different reasons), or have a fever of around 38°C to 39°C. Then in a day or two, sores or blisters may appear in or on the mouth and on the hands, feet, and sometimes the buttocks. In some cases a skin rash may appear before the blisters do. The blisters may break open and crust over. I did not saw blisters or sores in his mouth. They appeared only around his mouth and one on his hand and a few around his eye. He infected himself while rubbing his eyes. The sores and blisters usually go away in a week or so. In some cases there are no symptoms, or they are very mild. Parents may get the disease from their children and not even realize it. My baby boy still suffers from it. After each diaper change I wash my hands very intensive and after that I even use antibacterial lotion for my hands. Just to be sure!
What causes hand-foot-and-mouth disease?
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is caused by a virus called an enterovirus. The virus spreads easily through coughing and sneezing. It can also spread through infected stool, such as when you change a diaper or when a young child gets stool on his or her hands and then touches objects that other children put in their mouths. It usually takes 3 to 6 days for a person to get symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease after being exposed to the virus. This is called the incubation period.
There is nothing you can do about it except keeping your hands clean when you touch your baby after each diaper change. Also let your siblings don’t touch the baby after they’ve been to the toilet. I always let Ophelia wash her hands first when she comes from school and each time she has been to the toilet. That is pretty much the only thing you can do to prevent further infection. You can use a mild cream such as (lanolin) to put on the rash to comfort the redness. I used a bit of left over from my Lansinoh nipple cream. That, at least relieved and soothes his sore, dry sensitive skin. I really hope it will be gone soon, because he’s suffering from it now for quite a long time!
Did your child ever had this disease?