FF - hand, foot and mouth disease is caused by the coxsackie virus and is an enterovirus. It's also called Herpangia although it's not related to the herpes virus at all. I guess it's pretty common. This
is the best page I found on what to do about it. Kids can get it from other kids, from surfaces if they stick their hands in their mouths (I guess shopping carts are a big one), all over. Since Tristan is an everything-in-the-mouth kind of kid... I guess we were pretty doomed.
He tried nursing again, and made more progress than the last time, but still couldn't manage. poor babe.
We went to the ER again yesterday because Jo was convinced that his dehydration was worse (I wasn't but I could see that she wouldn't be soothed if we didn't go) and they had us give him a popsicle. that ws the first time he had ever had sugar. Holy crap. He was up til 12:30. And then the doc told us to try giving him ice cream. WHAT?! Are we the only freaks in this town who don't give their 8.5-mo-old sugar and dairy (besides yogurt)? I made him a yogurt-mango popsicle in our little popsicle maker from IKEA, we'll see if he likes it. If he doesn't, I will
btw, his dehydration wasn't worse. And he's a lot peppier today, playing and babbling and eating from a spoon. We've gotten 2 fruit servings into him - a mango serving and a pear serving, both diluted with water - and he's had more fluids, so hopefully we've passed the low spot.
sorry to be so self-centered in these posts but it's all I can think about
but I have to say that Robin is a cutie! And being my midwestern self I had to think, when she found the rubber worm, oh no, I hope it didn't have a hook in it!!! And the tick checking thing made me cringe... bleah. I won't miss that about camp this year.