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Hilary Duff reveals her youngest daughter, Mae, age one, has hand, foot and mouth disease

Hilary Duff faces a problem many working parents face – having to go to work while leaving a sick child at home.

The actress, 34, has revealed that her youngest daughter, Mae, 16 months, has hand, foot and mouth disease, a highly contagious virus that manifests itself in the form of mouth sores and rashes on the hands and feet.

In a Wednesday post on her Instagram stories, the How I Met Your Father star wrote, “None of my other kids have ever had hand, foot, mouth so I’ve never seen it before and that looks awful,” she shared. , and added, “and I haven’t been able to be with her all day because I’m at work.”

Working Parents: Hilary Duff, 34, sent a shout out to working parents on her Instagram stories after she revealed she had to go to work on season two of How I Met Your Father while leaving a sick child at home on Wednesday

Working Parents: Hilary Duff, 34, sent a shout out to working parents on her Instagram stories after she revealed she had to go to work on season two of How I Met Your Father while leaving a sick child at home on Wednesday

“I love my job so much,” she continued, “but this is just a little shoutout to working parents who have to leave their kids at times that don’t feel natural, and it kind of goes against everything in your body to not be at such times with them.’

The Younger alum then sent comfort to others in her position: “You do good work, just as I know I do good work by working hard for my family.”

‘But poor little baby! All this feels so weird, not to be with her.’

Poor baby!: The daughter of younger star Mae, 16 months, has been diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease.  Seen here before diagnosis.  Hilary wrote: 'poor little baby!  All this feels so weird, not to be with her'

Poor baby!: The daughter of younger star Mae, 16 months, has been diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease.  Seen here before diagnosis.  Hilary wrote: 'poor little baby!  All this feels so weird, not to be with her'

Poor baby!: The daughter of younger star Mae, 16 months, has been diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease. Seen here before diagnosis. Hilary wrote: ‘poor little baby! All this feels so weird, not to be with her’

Shout out: The busy actress sent out a message of support, saying: 'This is just a small shoutout to working parents who have to leave their kids in times that don't feel natural'

Shout out: The busy actress sent out a message of support, saying: 'This is just a small shoutout to working parents who have to leave their kids in times that don't feel natural'

Shout out: The busy actress sent out a message of support, saying: ‘This is just a small shoutout to working parents who have to leave their kids in times that don’t feel natural’

What is Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease?

Hand, foot and mouth disease is common in children under the age of 5, but anyone can get it.

The disease is usually not serious, but it is very contagious. It is spreading quickly in schools and nurseries.

Your child may develop painful mouth sores. These sores usually start as small red spots, often on the tongue and inside of the mouth, that blister and can become painful.

Signs that swallowing may be painful for your child: Not eating or drinking, drooling more than usual, just wanting to drink cold liquids.

Information courtesy CDC

The actress is currently filming the second season of HIMYF.

The series will be streamed on Hulu.

She shares Mae and daughter Banks, three, with husband Matthew Koma, 35.

She is also mother to son Luca, 10, who she shares with ex-husband Mike Comrie.

Meghan King, alum of the Real Housewives of Orange County, revealed earlier this month that all three of her children, twin boys Hart and Hayes, three, and daughter Aspen, five, who she shares with ex-husband Jim Edmonds, have the same virus as Mae. .

The Centers for Disease Control reports that HFMD is common in children five years old and younger.

It is a contact disease, which can be spread by hugging or kissing an infected person, and the infection can spread by changing diapers and wiping noses.

It is most common in summer and fall.

And it usually disappears within seven to 10 days.

Adults can also contract the virus, but often show no symptoms, which means they can unknowingly pass it on to others.

Mother of three: Besides Mae, Hilary is mother to daughter Banks, with husband Matthew Koma, 35, and Luca, 10, from her marriage to ex-husband Mike Comrie

Mother of three: Besides Mae, Hilary is mother to daughter Banks, with husband Matthew Koma, 35, and Luca, 10, from her marriage to ex-husband Mike Comrie

Mother of three: Besides Mae, Hilary is mother to daughter Banks, with husband Matthew Koma, 35, and Luca, 10, from her marriage to ex-husband Mike Comrie

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