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    Default 2 bits of rash between hand and fore arm = hand foot mouth disease?

    Hey, just wanting to know your thoughts see if i can put my mind at ease.
    Yesterday brought DS to GP after a horrible sunday night we took him to ER as he had fever that wouldnt go away. We waited at ER for a good 2 hours by the time we got seen by a doc and by then the nurofen had kicked in and DSs fever was gone. Doc didnt find anything. But yesterday he was still not well thats why we went to seek another opinion from a different doc who said maybe its tonsillitis, red raw throat.
    My son is 7 months btw, so he cant tell if his mouth hurts, he is excessively drooling too every time we put liquids in his mouth kind of hangs his jaw and lip a bit so he doesnt have to swallow either. weve had to try keep him hydrated by syringe feeding breast milk and hydralite. he s on a course of antibiotics right now.
    anyway this morning i found two red marks on his arm between the folds of his chubby arm where his wrist is. do you think it could be foot hand mouth disease? we went to a kids bday party for the first time on Saturday and these kids all go to day care. im still at home on mat leave so DS has had very little exposure to all these nasties.
    I just called GP and was due for check up again on Thurs afternoon but I called to move it forward to tomorrow morning. hate seeing bubby like this. he cant even tell me what's wrong. he's slightly better but still looks pale and took a bottle of EBF after his nap earlier today and one BF during the night.
    can two red spots like that be hand foot mouth? cant see in his mouth to check for blisters or anything he clamps lips tight

    so anxious wish i could get an even earlier appointment but i guess i have to wait till tomorrow morning now

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    In theory two spots could be a mild case of hfm, but I'd be inclined to think there wouldn't be any in his mouth at this point if there is only two spots.

    I was told the blisters pop and that's what transfers them to their mouth because they tend to put their hands in their mouths. Atleast that's what I was told when ds had it about 10 months old (he too doesn't go to daycare so I still have no idea where he got it from because none of the other kids we know ended up with it).

    It can be painful for them but there isn't much you can do to get rid of it unfortunately. Just manage any symptoms as best you can.

    It sounds like he doesn't want to eat so I'd be inclined to say it is throat related. How long has he been on antibiotics gor? If it's a bacterial infection then usually after a couple of days you should see some improvement.

    Can you try freezing some breastmilk ice blocks for him to suck on. May help if his throat is sore.

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    Hand foot & mouth is on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet & around the mouth. The boys I nanny have had it & their Mum also got it too whilst breastfeeding.

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    i have to update but he just woke up from his nap and DH and I did a thorough check and there is one spot between where his big toe starts on the bottom of his foot too and two spots near his lips

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    It's mainly flu like symptoms. The boys had it within days of each other. One was 2 & one was only about 5 weeks old. They were just lethargic and we gave them pain medication to take the edge off.

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    How is your LO today OP?

    Hopefully it's just a mild case if it is HFM.

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    My DD had it, just mildly. There's a stigma surrounding hand foot & mouth but it's really not that bad. It's more just very uncomfortable in severe cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    My DD had it, just mildly. There's a stigma surrounding hand foot & mouth but it's really not that bad. It's more just very uncomfortable in severe cases.
    My DD also had it mildly - she had 2 blisters on her hands and that's it! We only noticed them as it was going around her childcare centre.

    That being said, I think it can be horrible for some kids.

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    took him to doc this morning and yeah it is hfm. only this is still a student doc and he was kind of offended that i said its probably not tonsillitis like he said on monday that other kids we met at the party had confirmed hfm disease and blisters on DSs hands and feet got worse. he s like "i will not stand down on my previous diagnosis" he then checked with his supervisor and then i basically had to make him confirm it was hfm even though we both knew. next time i want our regular GP.
    anyway that on a side note. lol
    i asked if we now need to continue with the antibiotics DS was given that started on monday, cuz given it is hfm there would really be no point. basically was told there are enough reasons to keep taking it (he is so convinced it is tonsillitis still) even though DS doesnt have sore throat anymore. and enough reasons to not take it if it is just the hfm.

    so i guess to cover all bases i have to keep giving it to DS even tho it might really not do anything.

    DS is feeling much better though today, has so much more energy. still a bit pale and defo more blisters and rash than yesterday. he has longer naps too after bursts of energy. he also started crawling im so proud of my lil trooper
    and he is feeding as normal again since late yesterday afternoon. so relieved he didnt dehydrate


 

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