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Rash on hands and feet (pics)

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TheLittleLion Tue 12-Jan-16 11:10:41

On Sunday afternoon I noticed a rash on the back of one of my sons hands. Monday morning it had spread to both hands and the tops of his feet too. There doesn't seem to be anything else wrong with him though, no temp, no cough, no sickness. The only thing I've noticed is he's not got as much of an appetite as usual and is very dribbly. When he does try to eat he ends up chewing food and then just spitting it out. He won't let me to look inside is mouth at the moment but does it sound like hand, foot and mouth?
Will take him to the doctors tomorrow.

ShowOfHands Tue 12-Jan-16 11:18:42

Hand foot and mouth. You could see a pharmacist who can confirm it. GP probably isn't necessary.

It's usually mild and children are otherwise well. Not eating properly is a key symptom as their mouths are usually sore.

Cuddles and plenty of fluids. Ice lollies help. Hope he's better soon.

Bicnod Tue 12-Jan-16 11:20:35

Looks like hand foot and mouth to me. Poor little thing, it's horrid. He's probably got mouth ulcers so won't want to eat much. Calpol if he seems in pain and fluids (ice lollies are good if he won't drink). It doesn't usually last long...

Bicnod Tue 12-Jan-16 11:21:24


TheLittleLion Tue 12-Jan-16 14:52:58

Thank you.
Just had a look in his mouth, several ulcers, he seems happy enough though. Won't bother with doctors then.
Looks like we'll be staying in this week sad

ShowOfHands Tue 12-Jan-16 16:53:00

You don't have to stay in. Public health advice is that if they're well, you can carry on as normal. However, I can understand why you'd rather restrict contact with others. I did with mine but there's no reason not to wrap up and go for a walk or similar. You can avoid people and cabin fever.

TheLittleLion Tue 12-Jan-16 17:37:26

Oh, I didn't realise that smile. I saw on the NHS website that's it's contagious so I just assumed the advice would be to avoid people. Would it be wrong to take him to playgroup? I suppose I ought to phone them in the morning.

Sweetpotatoaddict Tue 12-Jan-16 17:43:38

ds1 had it a couple of months back, it appeared at nursery and they phoned but there was no requirement to collect him as they don't operate exclusion for it. Guess that's where it came from! No real advice, he was pretty well with it.

ShowOfHands Tue 12-Jan-16 17:49:32

"You should keep your child away from school or nursery while they are unwell. However, there's no need to wait until the last blister has gone before your child can return to school or nursery, providing they are otherwise well.
However, some schools and nurseries may reserve the right to refuse to take your child until the condition has cleared up completely."

NHS advice. HFM is rife. It's likely he caught it from playgroup in the first place. Check their policy on it. Our preschool doesn't exclude because of it. It's going round atm in fact. Personally, I don't take mine outside if they're contagious and it's avoidable. I just prefer to prevent the spread of it.

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