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Symptoms of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

hand foot mouth symptomsAs if having pneumonia wasn’t bad enough, Harrison also got a whammy of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease on top of the pnuemonia.  Poor little dude!

I took him in for a re-check of his lungs, when the pediatrician decided to take blood work to check his white blood cell count.  While the nurse pricked his finger, I noticed little blisters on his wrists and fingers that hadn’t been there even an hour before.  When the pediatrician walked in to announce his high white blood cell count, I showed him the blisters.  He immediately checked his feet and mouth and said that Harrison also had Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease is a very, very common illness in the toddler and young child set, especially among kiddos in daycare as it is extremely contagious and passed with body fluids.

Here are the symptoms your toddler might show if he/she has Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease:

  • high fever (Harrison ran 102-103)
  • small blisters on the hands and feet and bottom (my pediatrician said it should be called Hand, Foot, Butt, and Mouth Disease)
  • sores in the mouth
  • refusal to eat or drink
  • complaints of skin hurting

Unfortunately, it’s a virus and there’s not much you can do other than treat the fever and help keep your toddler comfortable.  The sores usually last 2-4 days and the kid will be contagious as long as the fever lasts.  Keep your toddler out of school until the fever returns to normal and he/she is able to eat and drink per usual.

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