HFMD stands for Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. All of us who are parents are well aware of this acronym.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. However, it can sometimes occur in older children and adults.
Symptoms are as follows:
- Reduced appetite
- Sore Throat
- Feeling of being unwell (malaise)
- Painful sores (Ulcers) in Mouth
- Skin rash with red spots, and sometimes with blisters on palms of the hands and soles of the feet. knees, elbows, buttocks or genital area
Not everyone will get all of these symptoms. Some people, especially adults, may show no symptoms at all, but they can still pass the virus to others.
Our son’s school currently have an outbreak of HFMD. This is worrying as it can be easily spread and cause lots of discomfort to our little one.
There is no vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease.
However, we can lower the risk of being infected by doing the following:
- Washing of hands often with soap and water, especially after changing diapers and using the toilet.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and soiled items, including toys.
- Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups with people with hand, foot, and mouth disease.
If a person has mouth sores, it might be painful to swallow. However, it is important for people with hand, foot, and mouth disease to drink enough liquids to prevent dehydration (loss of body fluids). If a person cannot swallow enough liquids, they may need to receive them through an IV in their vein.
Hope this information can help all of us to curb the spread of HFMD. As we are more informed, we can prevent the spread.