Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is a real nightmare – any parent who has been through it with their child can attest to that. The virus is typically picked up in crowded places, and, well that’s where kids generally hang out, such as at daycare. It can be rather painful for young kids, with mouth lesions, skin rashes and blisters. If you suspect your child has it, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. One mom recently experienced this firsthand. Her 18-month-old had a fever – one of the first symptoms of HFM. “…as far as the variety of illnesses our family has had the pleasure to experience over the last six years with kids, I would have to say that HFM has been the worst… dare I say, biblical,” she writes. Thankfully, there are efforts you can make to help avoid Johanna’s experience. And they’re simpler than you think.
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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