COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – A Colorado Springs mother shares pictures of her 2-year-old son's infectious disease as a warning to other parents.
She thinks her daughter caught her in a splash pad in Briargate. as sunny days come, she wants to make sure that parents are more aware.
"She barely eats, barely drinks, drinks enough to hydrate, itches, she is miserable," said Molly Jenig, Athena's mother.
Athena, two, is usually all smiles, but her mother says she's no longer the same since she has contracted the disease from the hand, foot and mouth. Her pediatrician diagnosed a serious case at her home earlier this week.
"Fever Friday, reckless Sunday, when I took her to the doctor on Monday, the doctor said that it was a very serious case and that it was rare that it becomes so serious, "she said.
Now, Athena's mother is sharing pictures of her wounds and blisters to show other parents how dangerous it can be.
Although it is difficult to determine exactly where Athena contracted the disease, her doctor and her mother believe that it is quite possible that it comes from the spill pad at John Venezia Community Park in Briargate.
Lenig hopes that the story of Athena will help other children.
According to the CDC, the disease of the hands, feet and mouth is common in children. It causes rashes that can spread from the palm to the soles of the feet and cause mouth ulcers.
The virus can be transmitted by air or by contact, and the CDC website also states that it can be transmitted after swallowing infected water.
"This can be spread by feces or spit, so many kids go to the water park with diapers that they spit," she said.
An employee of the city also said that the system was washed twice a day and that after the first morning water test, the water was tested twice more during the day.