What to do when your child has hand, foot and mouth disease

Close up of the mouth of a child with hand, foot and mouth disease

It started with a little red bump on her chin. I thought it was a rash from dummy drool, a little red spot to remind me that I’m a terrible, lazy mother for still letting my daughter use dummies at the age of almost two. She spends half her day with one stuffed in her gob, mumbling about how a bird did a caca on our car and then Daddy cleaned it. This happened weeks ago, but she stills talks about it. Constantly.

Anyway, then the fever came. A high one. I could practically feel the heat radiating off her spotty little body.

Oh yeah, she was spotty all over now, but mostly on her hands, feet and…errr, mouth. So it was pretty clear what was going on here.

Here’s what to do if your little one gets hand, foot and mouth, which they probably will at some point if they attend nursery, because nurseries are filthy, primary-coloured cesspits of germs.

1. Freak out, but only a little. Hand, foot and mouth disease isn’t serious, but it IS pretty gross. So just allow yourself a moment to recognise that while you love your child no matter what they look like, they’re looking pretty nasty right now.

2. Feed them soft foods like mashed potatoes, yogurt and soups, because they’re likely to develop mouth ulcers. Avoid acidic and spicy foods, because if you serve them and your kid starts crying because their tongue is on fire, you’re going to feel like a real a-hole.

3. Keep your child hydrated. My daughter has a few cups with straws that seemed to be easier for her to use when the ulcers were really bothering her.

4. Give them Calpol for the fever and sore throat that often accompany the disease. It helps if they really like Calpol like my daughter does. We started calling it her ‘special treat’, so now the thinks she’s getting something really great when we bust it out.

5. Keep them home from school or nursery until they’re feeling better. Apparently you don’t have to wait until the last scab has healed over, but no one is going to thank you for rocking up at school/nursery with a spotty child.

6. Don’t get the fluid from their blisters in your mouth. This is one of the ways that the disease spreads, apparently. Think that’s gross? It also spreads through poo. This virus is the worst.

7. If they ask for a cookie, let them have it. They feel awful and cookies are great.

Two Tiny Hands
Mummy in a Tutu

12 Comment

  1. I’ve had this several times, even though I think you’re only meant to get it once! The Boy has had it too which was not fun! cookies are great in times of need! #familyfun

  2. We all had a similar virus Gingiovastomatitis. Basically your whole mouth is filled with canker sores. It was seriously the worst thing I have ever experienced.

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  3. We had it earlier on in the year! It’s so gross! Haha! Great tips here! We fed our little one so many yoghurts she must have loved it! 😀

  4. Ah poor Popple! Hope she’s on the mend now and neither mum or dad caught it

  5. I hope Popple is fully recovered now the poor love. it is a horrible sickness. great tips hun. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  6. I didn’t know about this. Good information. Thanks for sharing. #familyfun

  7. I didn’t know about this. Good information. Thanks for sharing. #familyfun

  8. My son had this when he was little, really felt for him. It is not nice.
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  9. Hope i is feeling better now, it can’t have been fun! Thankfully r avoids most illnesses but common sense is just to let them eat and drink what they want because healthy goes out the window when they are not! Much love xxx ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

  10. Wow that does sound pretty gross. I’m sorry lovey I hope she is feeling better? I would definitely be on team calpol and cookies. I hate it when they’re poorly and couldn’t possibly refuse when they feel so awful. Oh and I would definitely have freaked out too, just a little, maybe a lot. Thanks of joining us at #familyfun

  11. I dread it every time I see a notice on our nursery door about this – so far we’ve escaped! #familyfunlinky

  12. That sounds awful, but when you have kids it’s part of the deal! Sounds like you have got it under control, Mama!!!

    Now please tell me what Calpol is!!! This is not the first blog that has referred to it & it won’t be the last & I’m tired of being an ignorant American!!! Ha!

    #ablogginggoodtime

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