Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Takes Over the Park

Gus has a park crew that he hangs out with during the week. As we lovingly call it, the “sand park” is only a few blocks from our house. It was one of the reasons we jumped at the opportunity to rent our house. Â It’s a welcome break for both of us. He has his buddies to run around with and I have some of my closest mommy friends to chat with while he does it. I found out on Monday that hand, foot, and mouth disease has struck again.

I have a few things to say about hand, foot, and mouth disease. First and foremost, why does it have this scary name? Why are we calling it a disease? Can we just call it a viral infection? Do we really have to give it this terrible name?

Second, the thing spreads like the Bubonic Plague. You can pass it by coughing and sneezing. You can pass it when you don’t have symptoms. So,if your kid has it or has had it recently what I can’t understand is why you feel the need to bring your child around other kids. Almost a year ago, the same exact thing happened. One of the moms brought her kid to the park and he was sick. Turns out he had it and by the end of the weekend every kid that he’d come in contact with that day had it. Every kid including Gus.

Last year it was a bit different. The mom of the infected kiddo didn’t know he had it. She just thought he was having a cranky toddler morning. But this year one of the nannies brought a child to a play date who had just had it and needless to say, here we are again.

Third, I hate high fevers and a high fever is almost always associated with it. They make me really paranoid. Probably always will. In case you missed it, I talked about Gus’s history of febrile seizures a few months ago. The last time he had it his fever sky rocketed up and stayed there even on Tylenol. Not fun.

So far so good. No high fevers. No blisters. All is well with our world. At least for the moment.

How do you prevent it?

Well, I don’t know about you. As for me, I’m staying the hell away from the sand park for a few weeks.

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