Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a viral infection caused by the Coxsackie virus. It is most commonly seen in infants and children below the age of 10 and is known to be highly contagious, spreading through direct contact with bodily discharges like mucus and faeces.

Symptoms: Look out for tell-tale signs of mouth ulcers, rashes on the palms, soles of feet and buttocks. Fever, sore throat, headaches and a general loss of appetite are also common complaints.

Treatment: HFMD is usually mild and left to run its course. Analgesics such as paracetamol may be taken to help treat pain and fever. However, aspirin should not be given to children.

Prevention: Practise good hygiene habits, such as frequent washing of hands and thorough cleaning of toys, helps to prevent transmissions. Keep your children away from crowded places if he is suffering from HFMD as it is highly contagious.

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