Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in Children

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a contagious viral infection. It most commonly occurs in children under the age of 10. it is not a pleasant condition, however, it is also not serious. It is caused by an enterovirus so it can spread easily through coughing and sneezing, and through infected stool. The symptoms include ulcers or sores, inside, or around the mouth and a rash of spots or blisters on the hands, feet, legs or buttocks. The sores may be painful and the infected child may also run a fever. The sores and blisters usually go away by themselves in a week or so without treatment. However, it is important to ensure that your child is drinking plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Soft foods, like soups, will ensure that your child is getting enough nutrition. As the condition is contagious, you should keep your child away from nursery or school until they are feeling better and pay strict attention to hygiene i.e. not sharing towels, bedding etc and washing hands often with soap and water. If you think your child could be suffering from hand-foot-and- mouth disease, contact your doctor., for advice.