Hand, Foot and Mouth
Since Pip joined us the boy and I have kept ourselves to ourselves quite a lot. This isn't really by design but due to the fact that the little man naps in the morning, thus scuppering our social life. By the time he wakes up it's lunch time and then it's almost time to do the school run again. We have seen some friends but it's occasional rather than regular.
I've been feeling a bit guilty that Pip isn't spending enough time with other children his age though and as he approaches his first birthday I decided it was about time that we both got out of the house a bit more and did some baby stuff so we've been to our local soft play and also a special soft play for under 3's run by our local leisure centre. I'm more confident about moving nap-time around these days and Pip can handle pushing his morning nap back by an hour or so now he's that bit older.
It's nice to go back to this particular soft play because it brings back memories of taking Katie when we first went and the children can play relatively safely with minimal parental initiative (which some days is a real blessing!). What I didn't think about though was the viral risks lurking in these places that will jump on a baby's immune system and I'm in the middle of a bit of a rude awakening on that one because Pip has contracted Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD).
I'm lucky, in some ways, being an older mum whose friends have already raised their children because I've picked up things along the way, through hours of
On Friday Pip was really ill. Really, really ill. Temperature over 102 degrees sort of ill. The sort of ill when they just want to lay on you and sleep and can barely open their eyes. It's lovely that they want to sleep on you and you can get some amazing cuddles and snuggles but it's horrible that it comes at the price of them being ill. Pip was so hot that it was like having a hot water bottle laying on me. I was pretty calm about it all though. I alternated between Calpol and baby Nurofen (taking care to read the administration guidelines of course) and had success in bringing his temperature down. He seemed to have a sore throat but it appeared to only effect him eating acidic fruits and he was fine with cereals and lasagne. I did phone the GP though for a chat about when I might need to take Pip to the doctors. The doctor went through the checklist of symptoms to worry about and we both felt happy that Pip was doing as well as he could be at the time and we didn't want to make him trek to the GP unnecessarily.
mucus I have ever seen in my entire life (my hair was sodden after cuddling him.......it was gross!) we awoke on Saturday morning to a very different looking Pip. His mouth was covered in angry red spots. A little light bulb sprang on in my mind and I quickly checked his hands for clarification.....yes there were little blisters on his hands. Hmmmm I think this might be HFMD I said to TCM. I couldn't see anything on his feet though.
Being a modern mum and embracing all technology (and being a A full list of symptoms listed by the NHS can be found here. After reading through the symptoms I realised that Pip didn't have a sore throat but lots of ulcers in his mouth. This would explain the issue around acidity. Poor little Pip. He was feeling really rotten. Of course on a purely selfish front this would have to happen on the one weekend that I had finally booked to see a girlfriend for a day out and TCM and I were going out for dinner! Our first dinner out alone in over a year and the first since a farewell to freedom with friends in February! All plans cancelled of course.
dab hand at self-diagnosis) I jumped onto Google and asked it to show me information and pictures of HFMD and all the other spotty viruses and bugs that children can contract.
Giving a child antibiotics is tough at the best of times. They taste foul (however much they try and flavour them) and the type that Pip is on can't be mixed with yoghurt etc to mask the flavour plus they have to be given on an empty stomach. I can mix a little orange juice into the syringe though and this is helping make it taste more palatable.
Obviously we are in quarantine at the moment, not wanting to pass this onto anyone, and washing our hands a lot!. Hopefully we'll be back at soft play next week and I will await the next bug that he catches (of course Katie is bringing them home from school as well!).