COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Springs mother is sharing photos of her 2-year-old's infectious disease as a warning to other parents.
She believes her daughter contracted it from a splash pad in Briargate; with warmer days coming our way she wants to make sure parents are more aware.
"She's barely eaten, barely drinking. She's drinking enough to where she's hydrated. She's itchy, she's miserable," said Molly Jenig, Athena's mom.
Two-year-old Athena is usually all smiles but her mom says she hasn't been the same since contracting Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. She was diagnosed with a severe case by her pediatrician earlier this week.
"Fever Friday, rash Sunday, when I took her to the doctor on Monday the doctor said it was a very severe case and rare that it gets this bad," she said.
Now, Athena's mother is sharing the photos of her sores and blisters to show other parents how dangerous it can be.
While it's difficult to pin down exactly where Athena contracted the disease, her doctor and mom believe it's highly possible it came from the splash pad at John Venezia Community Park in Briargate.
Lenig says she hopes Athena's story can help other children.
According to the CDC, Hands, Foot, and Mouth Disease is common among children. It causes skin rashes that can spread on palms to the soles of your feet while also causing mouth ulcers.
The virus can transmit through air or contact, and the CDC website also states it can transmit after swallowing infected water.
"It can spread through feces or spit. So many kids go to the water park in diapers, they spit," she said.
An employee with the city also says the system is back washed twice a day and after the initial morning water test the water is tested two more times during the day.