Being a parent is tough. Being a celebrity parent? Well, that’s a whole other ball game, because everybody gets up in your biz about everything. Carey Hart, husband of singer Pink, learned this the hard way this week when he posted a pic of the couple’s toddler, Jameson Moon — and shared that the little boy had a case of hand-foot-mouth disease.
In the caption, he noted how glamorous tour life is and also mentioned how a nearby woman gave Hart an evil glare when he took Jameson out for breakfast. So, naturally, Hart covered by telling the lady his little boy had bed bug bites.
Commenters on Hart’s Instagram post were definitely divided. While some were sympathetic to his plight, others weren’t so kind. One commenter wrote, “OBVIOUSLY it’s always sad when any baby is sick but nevertheless you shouldn’t be exposing your child to other kids and pregnant woman. If it’s highly contagious why would you do that ?!”
Another said, “Why take him to a restaurant if he’s contagious? For those of us who are immunosuppressed this could make us seriously ill or prevent us having operations we seriously need…very selfish.”
It wasn’t all hellfire raining down on Dad’s post, however. “I hope they are feeling better — my son has the same thing… it’s tough — especially because they are kids,” writes another commenter.
Others chose to rail against all of those doing the complaining. “I suggest you all take a run up to Wal-Mart and buy a couple reams of bubble wrap and wrap your selves, kids and belongings up,” suggested one witty reader.
While it’s easy to say that everyone should just leave Hart and Pink alone, there is something to be said for keeping hand-foot-mouth disease under wraps (not necessarily the bubble kind). According to the CDC, HFM is very contagious and can be transmitted by close personal contact — and also through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Most people are the most contagious during the first week of illness, but some continue to be contagious for days or weeks after symptoms disappear.
Stars: They (and their spawn and their spawn’s common contagious diseases) really are just like us.