Sunday, September 11, 2011

the pox....

.... my children have contracted an illness known as hand, foot, and mouth disease.  Wouldn't you know, it is the same thing as hoof and mouth disease that animals get.  Leave it to a veterinarian's pack of kiddos...  Fortunately, the dogs and cat are safe since the respective human and animal strains of this virus don't cross that particular species line. 

This virus is characterized by an unexplained high fever for about 48 hours.  Just about the time the fever breaks and you figure your child has finally kicked yet another fever virus, these horribly painful blisters appear on the soles of their feet, palms of their hands, inside the mouth and throat, and the diaper area.  It has not been the most fun my children have ever had, but I think we've found a few remedies that have made waiting this virus out a bit more palatable. 

For starters, we don't ever let the Tylenol expire.  They are getting their recommended dosages every four hours whether they act like they need it or not.  To wait until they act like they need it ensures that you will endure over an hour of holding your screaming child as they writhe in pain over the blisters covering the most random parts of their body.  It's amazing to me that a dose of Tylenol seems to keep this monster at bay.  Our other remedies include ice packs on the most sore spots, which have tended to be the kiddo's feet, and lots of movies.  I think the ice is partly a placebo effect, making the kiddos feel better because Mommy is doing something for them other than chanting, "I'm so sorry.  I'm so sorry." over and over as they wail and gnash their teeth while writhing in my lap.  I do think the ice has a small numbing effect which has to help the my-feet-are-on-fire-because-they-are-covered-in-blisters symptom. 

Here are my babes watching a movie while icing their feet.  Yes, we use frozen brussel sprouts as ice packs.  The only useful way to use the vile weed, according to my children.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Oh, poor kids!! Poor you!!! I've heard that's a terrible virus to deal with. I hope they're all feeling better very soon!!