What is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease?
- Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral infection seen in toddlers to early school-age children.
- This is seen most commonly in the summer and early fall.
- Children will often present cold-like symptoms and fever initially. Then, a day or two after the fever starts, you can see sores that develop in the mouth that are very painful. This may lead to a decrease in appetite. You may notice the child is constantly putting his/her fingers in the mouth. You may also notice a rash that comes on their hands and feet. This rash usually begins as small red areas that may become blister-like.
The child is most contagious at the peak of symptoms…coughing, drooling, runny nose and blister-like rash. Most schools have their own policy about keeping kids with hand , foot and mouth out of the classroom. Our advice is that children may return to school once they are fever-free for 24 hours and once they have no open sores.
Treatment for Hand Foot and Mouth Disease
The most important hand, foot and mouth treatment is keeping the child well-hydrated. They may not eat well, and this is okay. Hydration, however, is essential. If you are afraid that your child is dehydrated, you should contact us immediately for further evaluation.
Almost all patients will recover completely, without any intervention, in 7-10 days.
Good hand washing is the single best way to prevent the spread of this illness in the daycare setting and schools.
****The information provided here is intended only as a supplement to the advice and information provided by our physicians and nurses during direct patient interactions at Health Care for Children. This information should never take the place of an actual physical examination. Call us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your concerns with our nursing staff directly.****
Learn More about Hand Foot and Mouth Disease
If you’re worried that your child might have hand, foot and mouth disease, contact our Northland-based company by calling (816) 792-1170.
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