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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