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Old 06-20-2012, 08:48 AM   #1
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Hand, Foot and Mouth?

In the last three weeks three children who regularly attend our preschool Sunday school class and Vacation Bible School have developed HFM (to simply). I have read the wiki page for info, the CDC page isn't loading.

Question is, would you still take your LOs to class and vbs knowing this? Tonight is vbs and my kids love to go but I don't want them picking it up if it's going around church.

Can anyone tell me how contagious it is and when the contagious period is? I have read its spread by contact with saliva, mucous or feces of an infected person. That doesn't seem terribly contagious but then again, it's definitely spreading in our church.

Thanks! I'm on the fence and need some advice.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:25 AM   #2
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DS1, along with 4 others, got it about two weeks ago from pre-school. From our pedi, we were told that it is spread by nasal mucus, saliva, feces and the fluid from the sores. DS1 is 4 so around that age, kids are still not great at covering mouths/noses when they cough, putting stuff in mouth (yeah still!!) and can't be counted on to wash hands after *every* bathroom break so the risk of one of those types of fluids ending up on toys, books, bathroom area is fairly high.

I would definitely keep my kids away if it wasn't absolutely necessary and I hope they are going to sterilize/wash everything. We kept DS1 out of school and daycare for two weeks.

It totally sucks.
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Thank you for replying. One of the moms brought her son to sunday school this weekend and said 'well the pediatrician said it spread by feces so unless he's a monkey I think we're good'. DS was in his class that day
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Re: Hand, Foot and Mouth?

DS had it a couple weeks ago after being in daycare for 3 days. (I'd been on maternity leave). Our dr said it was contagious when they have a fever and if any of the sores are oozy. Luckily our DS sores didn't break open, they just looked like welts adn then they slowly went away. Daycare needed a note from us saying that he was no longer contagious (although he still had some sore they were not broken open).

I would continue to take our kids to daycare though even knowing someone had this. Chances of getting it aren't guaranteed and your child was likely exposed to it before the notification went up anyway and it is too late. This is what happened to us. Took DS on M, W, F. Note was up the following T that we took him. The next WEd he broke out. So before we were notified he had already been exposed and incubated so to speak. Luckily it wasn't a terrible case, it was horrible but it was too late to keep him out of daycare.
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imo, it's not that big of a deal and one of those things that almost all kids get at some point and that you are better off getting it young than as an adult

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Old 06-20-2012, 11:05 AM   #6
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This line of thinking tends to get me a little riled. If there was a way I could have saved MY son what amounted to 7 days of pure torment - fever, mouth and throat in agony so that he didn't even want ice cream or popsicles, then his hands and feet peeling so that he looked like a snake, I would WANT to.

And just because it may not be a "big deal" for most kids, what about those that are immuno-suppressed or deficient? They should deal with a hospital trip and even worse because you are of the opinion it isn't "that bad".

I'm sorry, but I don't have two weeks of vacation to take off because things like this "should be gotten as a child". And if I did have the time, I certainly wouldn't want to spend it watching my babies be totally miserable and basically spoon feeding them to avoid dehydration.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:40 AM   #7
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Well it may not be that big a deal to you but I'd rather my kids don't contract a disease they don't have to have. It's not like catching cold in Walmart, this is about keeping my kids out of a small, relatively enclosed area to avoid contamination.

From what I've read/seen, it looks absolutely miserable to me. Certainly not something Id say isn't a big deal. Also, it's not like chicken pox where having it once as a child is better than getting it as an adult. There's no immunity to it just because you've had it from what I understand.
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Yes! I got it just this year and it SUUUUCKED. My boys gave it to me. DS1, sore throat, low fever 2days. DS2, no fever, a few spots on feet and groin (less than 5). Me? Shaking, shivering fever for two days, super sore mouth and throat, blisters all over my palms and feet (top and bottom!). Could barely walk, hands stung like crazy. And then after it stopped hurting I looked like a mutant with my peeling hands and feet. To be fair, though, it lasted less than a week.

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Blisters all over the body? Yikes! Also, I highly recommend numbing throat sprays and lozenges.

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Re: Hand, Foot and Mouth?

no experience, but it seems to be going around here now ( I know 3 kids in teh past 3 weeks who got it)
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Re: Hand, Foot and Mouth?

Here's from the CDC site:

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is spread from person to person by direct contact with the infectious viruses that cause this disease. These viruses are found in the nose and throat secretions (such as saliva, sputum, or nasal mucus), fluid in blisters, and stool of infected persons. The viruses may be spread when infected persons touch objects and surfaces that are then touched by others.

Infected persons are most contagious during the first week of the illness. The viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease can remain in the body for weeks after a person’s symptoms have gone away. This means that infected people can still pass the infection to others even though they may appear well. Also, some people who are infected and shedding the virus, including most adults, may have no symptoms.
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