Thursday, May 17, 2012

Our bout with HFMD

HFMD = Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease.

Yep, seems like it spreading like wildfire throughout the US, and the Curly Household brought it home too.  Just to little Curly Baby, who really didn't have it bad at all, but was still contagious.

This is my second go'round dealing with HFMD (Curly Girl had it when she was around 9 months old), but let me tell ya, dealing with it when you have more than one child in the house teaches you this:

  • It doesn't matter how many times you search the house for toys, you will inevitably find more AFTER you've bleached "all" of them and have them spread on towels out in the yard.
  • Freshly bleached toys deemed "safe" to play with while HFMD is still contagious will always find their way into the trash can, the toilet, or a dirty diaper, thus putting them right back into the "to bleach" bucket.
  • There is no safe way to bleach a cell phone (but I'm working on that being the push that gets me a smartphone).
  • The only reason you're not up to your neck in hot wheels is because they are spread through EVERY SINGLE ROOM IN THE HOUSE.
  • Those baby spoons you pulled out of the cabinet to sell at your summer garage sale?  Perfect teethers for little ones getting teeth farther back in their mouth.
  • The only safe place to keep bleached toys from being touched until danger of contamination is past is to pile them on the changing table.
  • The changing table is really not necessary for changing a diaper.
  • There are toys none of your three kids have ever played with, and yet you still haven't gotten rid of them because they are "classic" baby toys (pop'n'lock shapes, or whatever you want to call them).
So there you have it.  My lessons from HFMD.  May we never deal with it again.

1 comment:

Katie Olthoff said...

ugh. It is the worst. Adam had it last fall.