Saturday, May 26, 2012
Hand Foot Mouth Disease/virus sucks! David has it, Anthony had it but not as bad as David. Our nephew Tanner had it, some kids in the city had it. CNN did a report about it because of a increase in cases and spread out and apparently some day cares in town have closed down due to that. So yes this virus sucks. It sucks because it makes the little ones very VERY uncomfortable and itchy.
Is there a treatment? Well apparently you can only treat the symptoms but that's it.
What have I done? Give Tylenol for the fever and Benadryl for discomfort. Rub cortisone and cover the affected areas with gaze so they don't get scratched raw. Caladryl has been very helpful also, along with the Pedyalite ice pops.
What does it look like? It begins with little red dots on the hands, feet and mouth, fever and eventually the little dots turn into blisters. They can spread out to the extremities and booty, outside the mouth and ears also. They spread because the they scratch and pass it onto whatever area hey touched next.
If your your little one gets similar symptoms, consult your doctor right away. What I'm writing is from personal experience and it does not substitute professional medical information.
David is getting better. I've been trying to keep him entertained as much as we can since we haven't been able to go anywhere. He still itches but not as bad :)