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.