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Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common illness of infants and children. It is characterized by fever, sores in the mouth, and a rash with blisters. HFMD begins with a mild fever, poor appetite, malaise ("feeling sick"), and frequently a sore throat. One or 2 days after the fever begins, painful sores develop in the mouth. They begin as small red spots that blister and then often become ulcers. They are usually located on the tongue, gums, and inside of the cheeks.
It's meant to be a cause of miscarriage in early pregnancy (according to my GP) so avoid mums and tots groups if possible.
(although, having said that, I was 8 weeks pg when ds caught HFandM and that baby survived ok)
Oooh hand, foot and mouth is a horrible illness. I had it when DS2 was about 3 months old - he had it too. We were both so thoroughly miserable with it. The mouth ulcers were the worst part. It was unbearable to eat or drink anything.
DS2 had it really mildly when he was 2, just a bit grumpy, but never off his food despite mouth ulcers (mind you, very little puts him off his food) and just a few spots on hands and feet. DS1, 5 at the time, didn't get it and neither did the adults.