What is Hand, foot, and mouth disease?
It is a contagious viral disease that causes sores in the mouth, and rash in feet and hands. Coxsackievirus causes this disease. Symptoms involve sore throat, fever, blisters on tongue and gums, red rash, and no appetite. Babies get really irritated when they have hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Despite its severe looks, this disease is considered a minor illness.
How contagious is this disease?
I would say that it is a super contagious disease. One day we saw a notice in the daycare center that there had been a report of a hand-foot-and-mouth disease. The same evening we saw blisters inside Dear Son’s mouth and rashes in his arms. Based on an internet search, we learned that this disease spreads even by handshakes. Additionally, it spreads well through sneezing and coughing.
How long does the disease last?
Dear Son recovered in a week. The disease can last as long as two weeks. The first three days are the most painful ones.
What are the remedies?
Speaking of treatments, I am afraid there is no treatment. The virus leaves or clears up in around ten days on its own. The best parents can do is to make sure that the child is comfortable. Pain medications help. We gave Dear Son Tylenol (Acetaminophen) to reduce the pain. Tylenol helped. The child’s pediatrician may prescribe something else.
Do I need to take my child to a pediatrician in case of Hand, foot, and mouth disease?
Yes. It is a must because there can be many reasons for blisters, rashes, and fever. The disease has to be diagnosed medically.
Can someone get hand foot and mouth twice?
Chances are low based on statistics. However, virus and bacteria evolve over time. Moreover, there are multiple viruses that cause this disease. Therefore, there is always a chance of getting exposed to the disease a second time.
Did we get the disease when Dear Son had it?
No. The chances of adults getting the hand foot and mouth disease is less than half than infants and toddlers. Who will take care of a kid if parents are also exposed to the disease? 🙂 This probably means that if an adult gets the disease, the members of the family between ages zero to five have a very high chance of catching the disease.
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