Hfmd – Coxsackie A6

The title might sound scary.
Well, I am in the middle of the situation now.
Amani had HFMD again. Yeah… this is the second time she got the disease. The last time was last year. When my life turned upside down, because of this. I almost quit my job… Scary mama. huhu.

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Luckily, for this time it was not as bad as last year. Perhaps we had experienced on how to handle it and the doctor said because Amani was older now. On Saturday, she became too clingy and I could feel the hot temperatures on her palms and soles. She told me she felt pain on her sole. So I checked on her sole and found that there was a small red dote on it. And then I checked on her palms… more red dotes but not so obvious. If you didn’t pay more attention, it could be mistaken like a normal rash. Lastly, I checked on inside her mouth. Just great…. there were red dotes. That’s the answer… My instinct told me it is HFMD.

So we rushed to the clinic. Her temperature hits 38 degrees. Very high. The paedritician made a checked up on her like I did. First on her soles, palms and lastly her mouth. Confirmed! She was infected by virus Coxsackie A6, which means she had HFMD. (I knew it… sigh..)

Given a letter to be quarantine for 10 days… I feel like a dejavu. hmm…

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Alhamdulillah it is Day 4 now… she is recovering. The red dotes getting dissapears and they didn’t formed into blisters. There are no more red dotes inside her mouth, and as the paed. told me it’s a good sign because they didn’t formed into ulcers.

I also followed on advices from some experienced mom… one of them Kak Pidah. She told me to give her Vanilla ice-cream and Yakult. That’s what I did. It works! Thank you for your advice Kak!

Now, Amani is treated like a princess. She gets to eat whatever she wants. Like… “pink doughnut”… that was her request that day. huhu…

Get well soon my dear…

My advice to parents out there, please.. if your children had fever… please please please monitor them. Check on their palm, sole and mouth.. once you confirm they are free from the symptoms… then you can send them to the nursery, school or meet with other children. I know some parent dis not alert with this…

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Hfmd

Before this I know hfmd as hfmd.

Since Amani was confirmed to have hfmd, I really know what is HFMD.

I started to browse and read more about Hand Foot and Mouth Disease.

One question people will always asked me. “Where did she get the virus?”

To be honest, I’m sick of that question.

How I wish I have the superman eyes, can scan through the things that she touched has germs or viruses… and I will try to avoid her from that place.

Like if you’re having flu or fever, can you say it is 100% from person A or person B?

No you can’t. It might comes from you yourself.

As in Amani’s case, she might got it from her nursery, or it could come from outsiders (adults who touched her), or she might got it from ME.

It’s all about hygiene. Now, read one article of HFMD

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Day 1: I feel her palm and armpit were hot.. (Demam ke?) And then I spot some red spots on her palm and her foot… She asked me to garu2 her feet. By looking at the red spots… I already suspected it was HFMD. But I told DearDear she might get complications from the Antibiotics. (She was on antibiotics then). Not satisfied with our feeling, we rushed to the clinic.  The doctor confirmed it was HFMD. Told to be quarantine for 10 days and asked her to drink more fluids. My heart wrenched when hearing the news.

Day 2: The blisters  getting more and more on her palm and feet.  Found the ulcers in her mouth. She refused to drink, and her diapers empty. I started to worry of her might dehydrated. So I started to force her to drink, had to be mean mom. Still she refused to drink. So I took a syringe, fill in some water and started to push it in her mouth. Well she cried so hard, at least she drinks.

Day 3: The blisters getting to looks awful. She still refused to drink more. We tried so many ways to force her to drink. She would just sleeping and laying weakly. The people from Jabatan Kesihatan started calling me. They tried to asked and investigate the disease. They told me not to send her to the nursery at least two weeks. (My looong holiday…)

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Day 4: She was getting better. She can eat and drink a little. We gave her ice-cream to increase her appetite. The blisters still red. She was back to active mode. Unfortunately, me and my brother felt funny. I feel hard to swallowed. My brother went to the doctor, and was confirmed he was infected. Oh no…

Day 5 : Look at the picture. She doesn’t look like a sick child. We thought she was recovered from fever. My brother getting worst. He couldn’t even hold things and walked properly. The symptoms are worst than the children had. I was flat indeed, but had to get up and take care of two patients now. I fight the disease, maybe that’s why the blisters didn’t came out on my hand and feet. Only red spots on my feet.

Day 6 : She was back  to normal. Climbing here and there. My sore throat become worst.

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Day 7 : The blisters generally heal by themselves. She started to peel off the dead skin. Arghh… I had to prevent her from doing that. Tangan so itchy. huhu. One thing we learned from this situation is maintaining good hygiene because it can minimize the risk of infection. We trained Amani to do it as well. “Amani, wash hand!” She will shows her palms and I drop the hand sanitiser onto her palms. The Dettol Hand Sanitiser is now our good friend.

Alhamdulillah, she is getting better now. My sore throat heal by themselves as well. Doctor said I didn’t get enough rest that’s why the symptom appeared. My brother was referred to the skin specialist and getting better as well.

What a disease….

Now it leaves me to disinfect my house and dealing with my boss about my leaves. Huu….

Please don’t visit us

Am being serious…

Please don’t visit us for a moment.

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Last Saturday, I spot blisters on Amani’s hand and foot. My mind automatically thought of HFMD (Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease).

So we rushed to the clinic, and the doctor confirmed she was infected by HFMD virus.

Told to be quarantine at home at least 1 week. (But the Jabatan Kesihatan told us to stay at home at least 2 weeks).

I will update the full detail of her sickness, but for now I have to warn my relatives and friends.. PLEASE.. DO NOT VISIT US…!

I know you are missing her, especially her grandmother and grandfather had not seen her for almost two weeks.

Not that I am being mean or arrogant, but the virus is seriously fast to infect others.

On day 4, my brother was infected and he is now had blisters on his hand and foot. Even worse than Amani.

If you think you are strong enough to fight with this virus. think again. My brother is 27 years old and still got infected.

I am also infected indeed but only sore throat and one day fever.  Since becoming mama, I can fight sickness with extra strength.

For the sake of daughter…

Salute to all ‘supermom’ out there. I am learning in becoming like them!

Go! Mak Power!! 😀