What is hand, foot, and mouth disease?
Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a fairly common viral illness in children. (HFMD is not the same as foot-and-mouth disease, also called hoof-and-mouth disease, which affects animals.)
HFMD most often occurs in preschoolers, although adults and children of any age can get it. Most adults have developed antibodies against it from previous exposure. HFMD most often shows up in the summer and fall.
HFMD can be caused by any of a number of viruses, most commonly the coxsackie virus. Although in very rare cases HFMD can lead to viral meningitis or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), children usually recover just fine, without treatment, in a week to ten days.
What are the symptoms?
If your toddler contracts HFMD, he’ll first have a mild fever. You may notice that his appetite isn’t what it usually is. He may also have a sore throat and feel lousy in general.
A day or two after the fever starts, your toddler will develop painful sores in his mouth — on his tongue, gums, or the inside of his cheeks. This will likely make him irritable.
Your child may also develop a rash on the palms of his hands, the soles of his feet, and maybe his buttocks. The rash, which isn’t itchy, starts out as small, flat, red dots that may turn into bumps or blisters.
Is HFMD contagious?
Yes, the virus can be transmitted through nose and throat secretions, the fluid in the blisters, or stool. While your child will be most contagious during the week he first shows symptoms, the virus can be transmitted for weeks afterward.
If your toddler usually goes to daycare, check with the staff about the attendance policy. They may want you to keep your child home until his symptoms are gone or even longer.
Can my toddler get HFMD more than once? How can I prevent it?
Your child can come down with HFMD again. As with colds, your toddler will develop immunity to the specific virus that made him sick, but there are many viral strains that can cause the illness.
Take precautions such as washing your toddler’s hands regularly, washing and disinfecting toys and other objects that might have germs on them, and trying to avoid infected children. Still, it’s impossible to guarantee that your child won’t catch the illness if he’s exposed to an infected person.
Yup,this is Adam’s second time infected with HFMD. Masalahnya kan, kat rumah babysitter tu, takde sape pun kena. ajaib kan? paling mungkin asal usulnya dari playground. I took the boys to playground last Sunday.
Alhamdulillah kali ni tak seteruk yg dulu. Dulu tu, aku sendiri nangis sama2 dgn Adam tiap kali dia menangis lapar tp nak minum susu mulut dia sakit. Kali ni blister dlm mulut ada satu je tp bila tgk bibir dia merah betul.
We spent a day together as I sent Aidan to the babysitter, the only way I could think of so that Adam won’t get near to Aidan. As i always said before, Adam looooooooves to kiss, hug, tickle his brother. If Aidan get infected, whoa. That would be tricky. Harap dijauhkan.
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