Hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a very common common, usually mild illness that causes children to be unwell for up to 10 days 😰
It is caused by a virus that is spread by contact and symptoms develop about 1 week after exposure:
- Sore throat
- Generally off form
- Fever (38-39 degrees).
- Little blisters, or fluid filled spots appear on the hands, feet bum and genitals.
The mouth blisters can be very painful and regular paracetamol will control pain, reduce temperature and generally make the little guys feel a lot better..
Serious complications are rare but if your child is unable to drink or if you are worried just bring them to your doctor for check up.
When it comes to going to school 🤷♀️, generally doctors will advise that if your child is well enough to attend, send them in. Children may be infectious for weeks so keeping them at home when they are feeling well often unhelpful and impractical.
However it is important to promote hand washing to minimise the spread of the illness.
Finally, many pregnant patients have contacted me to ask if there is a risk to baby with HFMD. Infection is pregnancy is incredibly unlikely to do any harm so there is no need to worry. 😊👶🏻