Friday, December 14, 2007

Yuck, and yuck.

Looks like Lucas has contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease from other kids at daycare.

From the CDC website:
Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common illness of infants and children. It is characterized by fever, sores in the mouth, and a rash with blisters. HFMD begins with a mild fever, poor appetite, malaise ("feeling sick"), and frequently a sore throat. One or 2 days after the fever begins, painful sores develop in the mouth. They begin as small red spots that blister and then often become ulcers. They are usually located on the tongue, gums, and inside of the cheeks. The skin rash develops over 1 to 2 days with flat or raised red spots, some with blisters. The rash does not itch, and it is usually located on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. It may also appear on the buttocks. A person with HFMD may have only the rash or the mouth ulcers.

No sores yet, but a little rash, and definitely a lack of hunger and some low-grade fever. At least now we know why he hasn't been eating. . .

The virus apparently causes symptoms for 7-10 days. Grrrrrr.

5 comments:

Seeking Solace said...

Oh the poor little guy. Hope he feels better soon.

Meansomething said...

Aw, I'm sorry. I hope he feels better soon!

The Snork Maiden managed to get this as a baby, long before group care; she had the sores in her mouth and it took us a while to figure out why nursing was making her cry.

ArticulateDad said...

oh... not pleasant. Hoping this will pass quickly.

Breena Ronan said...

I'm sorry for you both, that is not fun. Also, why that name? Sounds like hoof and mouth disease and the symptoms are yucky enough without that connotation. Is the CDC in charge of naming diseases? 'Cause I vote we rename that one.

dbm/gaa said...

Oh no! Poor kid, poor you guys. Maybe the joys of the holidays will be a good distraction.