An 18-month-old girl, the daughter of one of Harry’s in-law relatives, developed severe blisters around her lips and in her mouth. Not only did she cry from the discomfort it caused her, but she would not eat. Doctors did not give an immediate diagnosis, but subsequent internet research indicates that it was probably a case of hand-foot-and-mouth disease, common in children in child care settings, caused by infection with the coxsackievirus A16. (It is different from hoof-and-mouth disease in animals.)
The virus can remain in the body for weeks after the symptoms of the disease have disappeared, and in most cases symptoms will disappear after a week or two. That week or two, however, can be most painful for the baby and most stressful for parents, who in this case desperately wanted to find some way to relieve her suffering quickly.
The doctors did not want to administer antibiotics for fear of harming the baby’s kidneys, so the parents decided to put some Precious Waters (TM) gel spray on her pacifier and in just one day the blisters went away and she was back in child care the following day. Her mother supplied Harry a video of the baby singing with her the next day.
As always, no claims are made. Just another happy coincidence. Harry would like as many parents as possible to know about this, however, so they might experience the same happy coincidence if and when their baby contracts this painful virus.