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How to Handle Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Whilst the Kids on Track office was closed in the last few days, my niece was recovering from an extremely common but often misunderstood childhood illness, hand, foot and mouth disease. Whilst not as well knows as other diseases such as chicken pox that are accompanied by spots, hand, foot and mouth is often more common during certain seasons ( spring, summer and autumn) and in childcare settings. Although most cases of this illness are seen in children under 10, people of any age can catch it. It is not more harmful in adults or to anyone who is pregnant. Hand, foot and mouth disease is caused by a virus and is not in any way dangerous but rather is classed as a mild childhood illness.

Navigating New Babies

During the last couple of weeks, whilst our caseload has been varied, we have seen several cases of behavioural regression in children of all ages (even teenagers) which have been related to a new baby whether impending or recently arrived. Most children whilst helpful and excited on the one hand, also find this a confusing time. Any parent knows what a huge change a new baby is for the whole family and many children feel some form of anxiety as their place in the family shifts. Whilst this can be subconscious rather than malicious, the behaviour changes that parents notice can range from acting out to toilet training regression and to disruptive behaviour at school. Here are some ideas of