Hand foot and mouth disease is a terrible affliction, but rather common.
On the site YummyMummyClub Johanna wrote about the recent horrible experience she and her family went through when first one child, then the other, were both hit by the virus.
Infants and children under 10 years are at risk of being affected by the virus which usually spreads at day cares and other places where children spend time in close proximity. But even adults can contract the virus. The symptoms are similar to measles, producing painful rashes around the body.
The infection is spread through close contact with already sick parties whom excrete the virus through the nose, throat and through touch. Parents should watch for non itchy, red rash on the palms and/or soles.
The absolute best thing you can do as a parent to prevent your child from getting the virus is to keep your child’s hands clean. If your child has already contracted the virus, blisters near and in the mouth can be very painful so painkillers may be needed.
The virus usually goes away by itself in a week and requires no special treatment. But it’s always good to visit a doctor to get a clear diagnosis.
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