Friday, 15 November 2013


Today i had a message from the nursery school that they had a confirmed case of hand foot and mouth disease. upon looking at the symptoms i realised that it was the same symptoms that tilly had at the start of the week when she was quite poorly.

I thought i would share a bit of information with everyone as it really does seem to be doing the rounds at the moment. Even kimmy caught it but the looks of things and i am not feeling too well today.

Symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease

The symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) usually develop 3-5 days after initial exposure to the infection. This time is known as the incubation period.

Early symptoms of HFMD include:
a high temperature (fever); usually around 38- 39°C (100.4-102.2°F)
loss of appetite
abdominal pain
sore throat

Occasionally, hand, foot and mouth disease can cause vomiting (being sick), particularly if it is caused by the enterovirus 71 strain.
Mouth ulcers

After one or two days, red spots develop inside the mouth, particularly around the tongue, gums and inside of the cheeks.

At first the sores are around the size of a small button. They then rapidly develop into larger yellow-grey mouth ulcers surrounded by a red ring of tissue. You would normally expect to see between 5-10 ulcers in the mouth.

The ulcers can be very painful and can make eating, drinking and swallowing difficult, which may cause a young child to dribble excessively.

The ulcers should pass within 5-7 days.

Skin rash
Soon after the mouth ulcers appear you will probably notice small red spots on your child’s skin.
The most common places for the spots to develop are on the side of the fingers, the back of the hands and the side of the heels. Less commonly the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet can also be affected as can the buttocks and groin areas.
The spots are around 2-5 mm in size with a darkish-grey centre with a ‘rugby-ball’ type of shape.
The spots are usually painless and non-itchy, although occasionally they can progress into small blisters which can be painful and tender. It is important not to burst any blisters as this can spread the infection.
The skin rash and any blisters should pass within 3-7 days

When to seek medical advice

Most cases of hand foot and mouth disease do not require medical attention as the symptoms will pass within seven days without the need for treatment.
However, if you are uncertain whether your child does have HFMD you could always telephone your GP or NHS 111 for advice.

You should also contact your GP if:
your child is unable or unwilling to drink any fluids
your child is showing signs of dehydration, such as not passing urine as much as normal, dry, wrinkled skin and your child seems unusually tired
your child’s symptoms show no sign of improvements after seven days, or they worsen during this time
your child has additional symptoms, such as a change in mental state, seizures (fits) and changes in personality and behaviour

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