As HFM Disease on the rise, all mothers will step up to ensure our child’s cleanliness is well control of. I receive an sms from my friend who her child gotten HFM recently. And I feel sad for her. It’s really not easy to be a mum in this fast moving society.
Here our Exchanged SMS:
** She seeks second opinion on HFMD because she didn’t see the common signs for HFMD.
Friend: Went for 2nd opinion. Doctor say it doesn’t look like the ‘classical’ HFMD as there are no obvious blisters or ulcers but will have to treat it like one since there are rashes and a slight fever. It could still be one of many stains of the virus. She was put on a nebulizer for her cough.
ME: Aiyo poor child!
Friend: She has croup cough also. When she coughs she sounds like a seal! Not nice at all. And she can’t sleep at night. Last night was the only night she slept for almost 12 hours. She has never slept for more than 10 hours at a time since birth. She was completely exhausted.
ME: You need to ensure she breathe well. Cos that can easily lead to bronchitis.
Friend: I know. She has been having a runny nose for more than 2 weeks too. It’s one viral infection after another. The worst thing is I’m also starting to feel sick. Sigh. I wonder if her diet doesn’t give her enough nourishment to boost her immune system. She’s now refusing drinks too. So difficult, I feel like crying.
Oh dear, I am thinking. I quickly picked up my phone to call her.
I told her it is perfectly normal for an active toddler to fall sick and YOU mother here (*smile* thanks) tell me the same too. I shared Yvette only sick once in her first year but the only Medical Leave she applied for was due to Bronchitis. And moreover, we have constantly exposed our child to classes, where some sick child might be there too. There is no way; we can fight against virus in the air! They are so contagious!
I also suggested she hire temp help such as nanny if so happen both she and her helper were down. I told her to drink plenty of fluid and take Vitamin C to keep her immunity system going. I keep my finger cross on receiving any more “BAD” news from her.
Isn’t hard to be a mum in this fast moving society?
Many mummies work. When they work, they will send their child to childcare and this will become a constant test on a child’s immunity system. The child will fall sick due to fatigue; being hanging around with sick child (most child care policy on letting a sick child to attend school is normally no fever, not having croup cough and no more running nose with plenty of mucus). With that, they generally will fall sick.
Coming back to Yvette, I don’t have a good record for her in her second year.
In her second year, she was down with:
Even after discounting the fever due to teething, she was sick for 5 times including this round. (She is having running nose and coughing now). Not a good record har?
Well, on the account that she attends 3 playgroups with JGC and one swimming lesson on Friday; I will like to give a pat on my shoulder. That not a bad record after all.
Managing our child immunity system is always one of the top priorities. As Yvette is not a foodie, I constantly need to ensure she eat properly, sleep timely so that her immunity system will be robust. I also do give her multivitamin and fish oil to boost up her immunity. And now, I also practice the 5-seconds rule on food dropped on the floor. In the past, I do not allow her to pick up food on the floor to eat even at home, now I started to believe little germs will help our child to grow. And hopefully it really does! However, as I mentioned earlier, virus is always in the air waiting to invade. It’s definitely not an easy job to keep our child healthy.
Don’t you agree?