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We get ill, it happens. Some people can go through their whole life and suffer nothing but a small dose of the common cold. Some people suffer from horrific diseases, but ether way it happens to us all eventually.

I also know most of us seem to start fairly young. Even before Benjamin came into our lives, we had friends who seemed to constantly taking their kids to the doctors or even A&E! Sometimes I would sit and think to myself how can these kids be so poorly all the time? Are the parents being over protective or am I not understanding the urgency?
I’m a typical guy when it comes to being ill. I don’t bother with a doctor. Unless something is broken, I know what I have will eventually bugger off and leave my immune system permanently damaged.

So today, was the first day we have needed to take BB to see the doctor for something specific. We have taken him to the baby clinic to be weighed and measured and question the odd thing here and there and we have asked about his funny shaped head till we are blue in the face, but today he was ill.

No vomit, no diarrhea just a rash. No pain, no tears, just a rash. My son, the heir to my throne, the apple of my eye, is 100% INFECTED!!

He has ‘Hand, foot and mouth disease.
This is what the NHS has to say about it;
“Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common, mild illness caused by a type of virus called an enterovirus.”
“The disease is very contagious (easily spread) and is common in children under 10 years of age.”

My new nappy changing outfit

 “Generally, hand, foot and mouth disease is a mild and short-lasting illness. Treatment is usually not needed as the body’s immune system clears the virus and symptoms go away after about 7 to 10 days.”

So luckily, it doesn’t look too bad and either those other parents were being over protective, or as with many things, we have just been fortunate.

So for the next 5 days at least, we have to keep him under lock and key, away from any other little hands, feet and mouths…… although we may end up going stir crazy instead!

I’m going now, because since I starting typing this up, I have been itching like mad!

As always, thanks for reading.


  1. Sorry to hear this. There was an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth when I worked in a nursery. One little boy had it that bad he couldn’t eat. Hope BB gets well soon!

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