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Why are his nails falling off?!

Posted by curlyq on August 4, 2014 in Uncategorized |

I noticed that my almost 2-year-old’s thumb and pointer fingernails were falling off. As the youngest of 4, Ben gets knocked around pretty good so I figured one of the older kids had closed his fingers in a door accidentally.

Then I noticed both nails on his big toes were falling off, too! I got a little nervous that something systemic was going on, so I called on Dr. Google. Turns out, your kids may be losing their nails, too…

If, that is, they get hand, foot, and mouth disease. Apparently, there is a more virulent strain of hand, foot, and mouth that is going around that causes nail loss on the fingers and toes several weeks after the virus has run its course. Ben had hand, foot, and mouth 3 weeks ago. Mystery solved!

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