Childrearing

The Disgusting Aftermath Of Catching My Son’s Hand, Foot, And Mouth Disease

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Remember how I said I was a scab picker? I am also occasionally a nail biter; every once in a while it’s my preferred method for dealing with a jagged or broken nail. I’ve bitten all my nails off by now just to keep them – their surface area – at a minimum. You might say: “Just paint over them, Liz!” And stop looking at them! You’re turning a non-issue into a mania!” But that’s so not me. I neeeed to obsess and stare and wait for them to grow out of this phase.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth can have much worse effects than a temporary inability to get a manicure. My nephew, at nine months, needed an IV drip and an in-patient stay at the hospital because the sores in his throat prevented him from swallowing. I’m not making light of the virus, it can be brutal for kids and adults alike. My (brave) story is just a footnote to the Wikipedia entry for the disease, the tiny addendum that lets people know about the occasional weird side effects you might not have otherwise read about in your What To Expect tomes that you only break out when something weird is up with your kid. Don’t say Old Crusty Face didn’t warn you.

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