Hilary Duff talks of mum guilt as she reveals daughter has been diagnosed with "awful" illness

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Hilary Duff has opened up about dealing with mum guilt as she revealed her 16-month-old daughter, Mae, has been diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease.

"None of my other kids have ever had hand, foot [and] mouth, so I’ve never it seen before," the actor told her 22.4 million followers via her Instagram Story, adding that the condition " "looks awful."

Hilary went on to talk about how difficult it has been to be away from her daughter due to her busy schedule as she films new episodes of How I Met Your Father. "I haven’t been able to be with her all day because I’m at work," the 34-year-old added. "I love my job so much but this is just a little shoutout to working parents who have to leave their kids in times that don’t feel natural."

She continued: "It kinda like goes against everything in their body to not be with them in times like that."

According to the NHS, hand, foot and mouth disease "is a common childhood illness that can also affect adults."

Noting the "first signs" of hand, foot and mouth disease, the NHS website explains that these can include:

  • A sore throat

  • A high temperature

  • Not wanting to eat

As well as these symptoms, "after a few days mouth ulcers and a rash will appear."

"Ulcers appear in the mouth and on the tongue. These can be painful and make it difficult to eat or drink," the NHS points out. "Raised spots usually appear on the hands and feet, and sometimes on the thighs and bottom as well. The spots can look pink, red or darker than surrounding skin, depending on your skin tone."

Once the spots have appeared they "become blisters which appear grey or lighter than surrounding skin and can be painful."

The above symptoms are typically the same in both adults and children, although they can be worse in babies and children under five. The condition is not treated with antibiotics or medicine, but usually gets better on its own in seven to 10 days.

For more information about hand, foot and mouth disease, head to the NHS website.

Sending all our positive thoughts to baby Mae – and Hilary – and hoping she has a speedy recovery!

This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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