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01/10/2013 at 20:02
P has developed a rash on her feet this evening and i'm wondering if she has hand foot and mouth. There are lots of pink, quite prominent spots on the soles of her feet, round her ankles and on the top. She has one blister like spot by her mouth but nothing on her hands. The spots from her feet do go up her legs though and there are some on her tummy.
Does this sound like HF&M or something else do you think?! She's not been ill in herself at all and is eating/drinking etc completely normally. We obviously did the glass test, like you do on any rash and that's fine.
There seems to be conflicting info online as to how long it's infectious for. Some places say once spots come out it's past infection but some say they should stay off school/nursery until all the spots have gone. Does anyone know?!
From what i can find if it is HF&M it should pass easily with no side effects, how long do spots last? Also there is a small risk of complications for me/baby as i'm 12+5 but NHS website suggests this is pretty low risk, even if i were to catch it and most adults are immune.
Thoughts and ideas much appreciated!
01/10/2013 at 20:10
I've got a pdf of infection control in schools and childcare settings. can't link at the moment but this is what it says about HFM
Hand, foot and mouth
period to kept away from setting-None
comments- Contact your local HPU if a large number of children are affected. Exclusion may be
considered in some circumstances
01/10/2013 at 20:14
here's the link www.hpa.org.uk/.../1004GuidanceonInfControlinSchoolsandChildCare
this is also a trusted source (my gp always recommend this site for home reference) www.patient.co.uk/.../hand-foot-and-mouth-disease
01/10/2013 at 20:51
Thanks Carole. Really useful link, seems like it's most likely. Link says they don't have to stay off school and should pass quickly. Just hope i don't get it!
01/10/2013 at 20:56
Isobelle had hf&m when she was 9 months. She had 1 night with a slight temperature but other than that she was fine. She was absolutely covered in spots & that does sound like it could be the start. We were told there's not much you can do & we even went on holiday for a week as planned! Hope she's ok x
02/10/2013 at 05:41
Thanks for the photos bk. Only thing that worries me a bit as it look like she now has mouth blisters is that she wanted a drink last night but each time she tried she screamed and spat it out. We'll see how she is today, if she won't drink I'll have to see a doctor I guess.
02/10/2013 at 09:11
E has got it at the moment, and S seems to have a lesser version. E is covered in spots, has been off her food since Saturday, moaning if anything goes near her mouth as it's covered in blisters. I took her to the walk in centre at the weekend and the doctor told me that she should stay off nursery until the spots have gone. S just has spots on his ankles, feet and a couple on his hands. I can't see anything in his mouth, but he has been a bit moany. They've not got temperatures or anything.
E's spots look like this
02/10/2013 at 13:15
Look like the same childs, i'm sorry yours have it to.
Just called mum to see how P is today and she's been a bit moany and didn't eat all her lunch which is unheard of for her! So she's obviously not quite right. I've spoken to 2 nurses and a doctor today and all said they are most contagious before the spots appear and you don't need to keep them away from school or nursery unless unwell.
Fingers crossed it all clears up quickly.
02/10/2013 at 13:57
I might send E to playgroup then tomorrow. She isn't moany with it now. She's eating better again, I think getting out the house would do her good tbh. I'll see how she sleeps tonight, if she has a good night then I might pack her off in the morning.
S has blisters now though in his mouth, poor little man.
I hope that P doesn't have it too bad. Both of mine have been off their food for a few days.
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