Hand , Foot and Mouth

No, this is not the beginning to some sort of song like “Head and shoulders, Knees and toes”, though I sure wish it was…

So I’ve always been asked the question:
“How will you know when something is wrong with your child?”
“You can’t just look at him and see it right away right?”

No that’s right. I can’t just glance across at him and physically see if something is wrong with him, like if he has a sunburn or red blotches. So, that’s why I’m super cautious about “inspections”.  Basically, with every diaper change or interaction I try to do a once over and “see” if I can notice or feel anything. I pay attention to every dry patch, every bump, scratch, or blotch. My inspections sure paid off this time.

So one afternoon I noticed Marshall had some bumps on his feet and elbows, I didn’t think too much of it because we had been playing outside in the grass. I thought maybe some mosquitos had got him, or it was just a small irritation to the grass.

Well no, I was so wrong. The next day these few bumps turned into a lot of bumps! They continued to spread all over his feet, the tops and bottoms, in between his toes, up his legs, and all over his bum, hands, and even in his mouth. We knew something was up, so we took him to the doctor. It turns out that this wasn’t just a rash. We found out Marshall had contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease. I guess it’s a virus that is commonly contracted at playgrounds and between children under 4. GREAT!!!!!!! It’s not like Marshall was already having a hard enough time with these back molars, now he has a rash all over him that is turning into blisters.

Red feet

Red  swollen feet

Apparently there’s not much to do to get rid of it either, because it’s viral you just have to wait it out. WAIT IT OUT!? Yeah, so easy to do, right, when you have a constantly screaming toddler. So, we started our vigorous routine of Advil and Tylenol, Polysporin, and a crap load of popsicles.



We even bought a kiddy pool for him, in hopes that the cool water would give him some sort of relief. (IT REALLY HELPED!)



The doctor told us to alternate on the meds to keep his pain and fever down for a few days, and that he isn’t going to want to eat much. So we were told to give him what ever he wants, as long as he’s drinking and eating something he’d be fine.

It was a rough two weeks. Marshall couldn’t express what he wanted or didn’t want, and was just emotional 24/7. One night we almost took him to the hospital because he screamed for four hours straight. Almost every night he would wake up just screaming in pain, and nothing we did would calm him down. Marshall is OBSESSED with busses, so we thought we’d give it a shot and take him for a long walk.  70% of the time he fell asleep in the stroller and we could get him back to bed after about a 20-30 minute walk, but towards the end, when these MONSTERS of blisters kept coming, nothing worked.

Finally asleep.

Finally asleep.

It felt like it was never going to end, and the blisters kept on coming and getting worse.

Finally, the blisters started going down, and Marshall started eating more and more. The blisters turned into a rash and were virtually gone. Now we’re just dealing with his hands and feet peeling. I guess this is another common symptom. It’s honestly kind of gross. It almost looks like burns, and Marshall thinks its awesome to constantly pick at them. Another hard task to deal with when you can’t see. At least now he tells us he has “ouchies” and that’s usually a clue that is peeling them.

I sure hope this is the end and it doesn’t come back. I think we’ll take teething any day!

Until next time.

















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Category: Babies & Toddlers, Family, Health, Wellness

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A number of years ago I went blind, and as a result found out I had Multiple Sclerosis. After my diagnosis, I attended a new high school for the visually impaired. That is where I met the love of my life, my husband Dylan. Dylan helped me get through becoming blind and find joy in life again. Shortly after graduating, we moved to Ottawa together and in December of 2011, we were married. A year later we welcomed our beautiful son Marshall to the world. In 2015, after two miscarriages we welcomed our beautiful rainbow baby Charlotte into the world. It hasn't been easy adjusting to being blind and living with M.S on a daily basis , and being a mom of two on top of everything. Life has been... lets say challenging! But oh so worth it!

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  1. Erika Birrell says:

    My son had this a few weeks ago!! It sounds a lot worse than it is doesn’t it! My son had a fever with it as well.

  2. Brenda A says:

    Eek! Your poor fella! That looks like he had quite the case of HFM. Glad you have all recovered. Luckily we escaped that common childhood illness but one of mine had molluscum for well over a year. Be aware of that one, too!

  3. Laurie P says:

    This made the rounds here in my town. I stayed away from our playgroups for a couple weeks. I really wasn’t that informed on what exactly this was til now. So thank you for posting. Your poor little guy. Glad all is well again.

  4. Awe, the poor little guy. I was lucky not one of my children ever contracted hand, foot and mouth disease.

  5. Shannon says:

    This went around my daughter’s school during the last two weeks. My son, 22 months picked it up. He even had a blister on his tongue. Ironically it all began with a boy named Marshall! I hope the rest of the summer is healthy for you and your family.

  6. KD says:

    I haven’t had any first-hand experience with this, and hope I don’t! I hope this is the end for you and your little one. 🙂

  7. Julie Bolduc says:

    Blisters are not fun for anyone expecially for your little man ; ( hes so cute

  8. Victoria Ess says:

    Hand, food and mouth is awful and I feel for your little guy. Definitely not fun.

  9. Karen E. Hill says:

    When my kids (2) were growing up I had never heard of this. The only common thing close was Hoof and mouth and that was for the animal variety! You poor parents! Glad you all survived the worse.

  10. Wendy Jabkowski says:

    Poor baby. I haven’t heard of this until recently when a neighbor came down with it. Luckily my baby has not gotten it.

  11. Heidi C. says:

    I have had Hand, Foot and Mouth disease and it is not a lot of fun. I am glad that your little guy is feeling better.

  12. Suzie M says:

    so scarey thanks for the heads up

  13. jaimeem says:

    Thanks, my son hasnt gotten this. Ill be on the look out.

  14. Amy Lovell says:

    My kiddos have never gotten this thank goodness! But last year my daughter was breaking out in hives from mosquito bites that would turn into bruises. It was not a fun time!

  15. kathy downey says:

    I haven’t heard of this until now,thanks for the info

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