In other words, being a parent.
Why is it that many childhood illnesses sound so ... gross? The names alone fill every parent with shame - especially when they have to call the school to say something like, "She won't be in today because she has HAND, FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE." (And the reply on the other end of the phone is a profesionally sympathetic and yet still slightly eeked out, "Oh, ok.") Despite the embarrassment, you want to alert the teacher in case other children fall ill.
But I'll tell you exactly how to make your child feel better: let her have ice cream for breakfast, followed by an all-you-can-eat buffet of rainbow colored popsicles (in between bouts of Tylenol, medicinal mouthwash & frequent hand-washing) while watching High School Musical 3 over & over & over ...
And now I have a date with my washing machine and some bleach ... 'cause apparently this thing is highly contagious.