Wednesday, July 28, 2010

on dealing with pain and quitting pacifier

Despite all the fuss about HFMD, all in all, I think my kids still had it easy. They merely had mild fever (37.5 - 38.5 celcius) periodically and the ulcers only attacked their mouth. Only spots (not ulcer) appeared on their palms. And they are back to their normal selves again only 4-5 days after diagnosed.

I've heard of much worse symtoms from my friends... high fever, lots of rashes on the palms and feet, as well as ulcers everywhere on the outsides of the mouth too! And my friends plus their family members even got it from their kids. Me? I had only a total of 3 ulcers on my palms, which dried up after a day (not even sure if it's HFMD). There's nothing in my mouth. My dad, mum and hubby didn't feel a pinch. I guess our case of HFMD is a mild one :-).

So we're really lucky... but that did not stop my kids from kicking up a big fuss *shake head*. That shows what Drama King and Queen I have... LOL!

It is interesting to note how differently they dealt with pain. HQ went all quiet and refused to open his mouth. He resorted to all kinds of hand signals and facial expressions to communicate with us... LOL! And twisted and turned his nimble body from getting drinks and food into his mouth. He's the type that will suffer quietly.

QQ on the other hand was all verbal. She wailed and sobbed and whined. She screamed murder everytime we bring anything edible near her. She actually begged not to be given pacifier, something that she needed to lull her to sleep - "I don't want pacifier... please... no pacifier..." But during that time, she did rejected many things as well, including drinks, food, medicine, even ice-creams! And she had nightmares too, would wake 5 to 6 times every night wailing "I don't want!!! My mouth pain!!!"

This picture was taken on Saturday (24 July; 4 days after diagnosed) when she had recovered enough to open her mouth big to be photographed. The ulcers on her tongue was exceptionally big (the red patches). Her tongue was coated with white stuff as we dare not brush her tongue, due to the large ulcers. Instead we wiped with a wet hanky and had her rinsed her mouth with salt water 5 - 6 times a day, forcefully :-(. HQ recovered first followed by QQ. Last Sunday (25 July; 5 days after the kids were diagnosed), although the ulcers on her tongue had not recovered fully, QQ was already feeding herself rice and soup with steamed fish. And even asked for second helping! I'm so glad that it's all over now and the kids are back to their activ selves. So did QQ quit pacifier after she recovered? Fat chance! She insisted for it yesterday, saying that her ulcers got well already *slap forehead*

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14 comments:

Annie Q said...

OOOOUUUCCCCHHHHHH!!!! Look at the ulcers on the tongue, i can feel the pain! Lucky two years ago, my boys one not so serious..just some ulcers on the mouth, nothing on the tongue..and with some spots on the leg and hands.

Glad to hear that QQ still love her food despite the pain on her mouth.

hahahhahahha, Fearles like that too, when he was having HFM, he quit pacifier for sometime then after he recover he remember his pacifier again. :(

prince n princess mum said...

Oh no... the ulcer's look bad... get well soon ya~

reanaclaire said...

my son had ulcers on his gums and not the tongue.. doc suggested i gave him 7-up last time cos he dint want milk or water.. so he sipped 7up and very fast recovered.. :p

Mommy to Chumsy said...

oh no..poor poor kiddos. sure look painful. glad they have recovered. really heartbreaking to see them in pain and not eating.

MeRy said...

Glad that both kids has recovered.....

Mummy Gwen said...

Glad to know that both HQ and QQ have recovered. OMG..the tongue like that sure feels very uncomfortable. Thank God it's over now.

smallkucing said...

Happy to hear both recover. Aiyoo..thought it's chance for her to quit the pacifier..she still wants it ah?

ChloeRuoyi said...

I never knew how HFMD looked like. The pic of QQ's tongue is an eye-opener for me and it looked really... PAINFUL! Feel so sorry for the kids for having to go through this :(

Glad that it's all over now. So is QQ permanently off the pacifier now? Good opportunity to wean her off it.

slavemom said...

Phew... luckily it's a mild case n they recovered fast. The pain is terrible n most worrying part is when they don't want to drink n eat. Good thing it's all over now.

LittleLamb said...

OMG. That pic scareeeed me.
Philip didnt have HFMD yet..but once had ulcers on the tongue. That time, I already had a difficult time.

Glad that QQ is on recovering n she got appetite liao to eat..

Take care

Health Freak Mommy said...

OMG!! That looks really really painful!!

Mummy to QiQi said...

aiyo...so BAD :( hope she has recover already by now.

A Mom's Diary said...

My oh my! QQ tongue looked bad - can only imagine the pain they went through. Glad it's all over now.

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

The ulcer look so big and pain!

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