Mum warns parents after baby gets hand, foot and mouth disease


A Liverpool mum has urged parents to watch out for hand, foot and mouth disease after her baby was diagnosed with the infection.

Christine Garbe, 41, said 11-month-old Olivia’s arms and legs were covered in spots and blisters.

She was shocked when a doctor said it was hand, foot and mouth disease, as she had assumed it was chicken pox.

It comes as there was a warning that there appears to be an increase of cases in the north west.

Official NHS advice is that the condition is “unpleasant” and incurable, but will usually clear up by itself within 10 days.

It is NOT related to foot and mouth disease, which affects livestock.

Christine Garbe has urged Liverpool parents to watch out for hand, foot and mouth disease after her 11-year-old Olivia was affected

Ms Garbe told the ECHO: “Olivia started off with a really high temperature on Friday. She’s just not herself, and doesn’t want to do anything.

“On Saturday morning I saw a spot on her leg, and thought it was chicken pox. then she had a few more throughout the day – now she’s covered on her legs, nappy area and arms.

“I took her to the walk-in centre on Sunday, and they said it wasn’t chicken pox as you would have them all over.

“They started as spots, and then looked more like blisters.

Christine Garbe with daughter Olivia

“The walk-in centre staff said it was a classic case of hand, foot and mouth, and I should just try to keep her comfortable and give her some Calpol.

“My first reaction was being scared as it sounds dramatic, but when I read about it, it’s not that serious. Though it can cause complications.

“I thought other parents should know there has been cases on Merseyside.”

What is hand, foot and mouth disease?

The condition is a common infection that causes mouth ulcers and spots on the hands and feet, according to the NHS Choices website.

It is most common in children, particularly under 10, but can affect adults.

What are the symptoms?

The first symptoms can include a high temperature of around 38-39C, a “general sense of feeling unwell”, loss of appetite, coughing, stomach pain or a sore throat and mouth.

Red spots in the mouth usually follow, turning into painful and larger yellow-grey ulcers.

A rash often comes next on the fingers, backs or palms of the hands, soles of the feet or on the buttocks or groin.

These small spots may then turn into small grey blisters, which can be uncomfortable and last up to 10 days.

After one or two days, red spots appear on the tongue and inside the mouth.

These quickly develop into larger yellow-grey mouth ulcers with red edges.

The ulcers can be painful and make eating, drinking and swallowing difficult. They should pass within a week.

How do you prevent or treat hand, foot and mouth disease?

NHS advice is to stay off work, school or nursery until you or your child feels better.

You can relieve the symptoms by drinking lots of fluids, eating soft foods if swallowing is uncomfortable, taking painkillers and gargling with warm salty mixture.

To stop it spreading, cover the mouth or nose with tissues if you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often and avoid sharing cups, utensils and clothes with infected people.

You could also disinfect surfaces and wash any clothing that may be contaminated.



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