Things To Know About Hand Foot and Mouth Disease #A2ZChallenge

Your child had a fever but now has rashes all over his mouth, palms and sole of the feet. You panic and jump to conclusions confusing it with chicken pox.

Last year, in Pune there was an unexpectedly high number of cases of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) seen in children below 5years of age. However, there were reports that the number of cases of HFMD was high in children below three years.

What exactly is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease:

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease or HFMD is a viral disease. It is a viral infection caused by the virus Coxsackievirus A16. Though anyone can get this disease, children 5 years and below are most likely to be affected. Children are more vulnerable to get this disease when there is a season change from spring to autumn.

Did you know: In India, approximately more than 1 million cases of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease are reported every year Click To Tweet

HFMD is a contagious disease. It can easily spread from an infected child through coughing and sneezing. It also spreads through a contaminated toy, doorknob or any surface which may have the virus like the tabletops. There have been instances of infection through the skin to skin contacts like a handshake and hugs.

How to recognise HFMD:

The disease starts with a fever, sore throat and low appetite. The child may feel lethargic. Blisters similar to cold sores appear on the back portion of the mouth and tongue. These are very painful and hurt while a child swallows food. After a day or two from the first symptoms, rashes on the soles and palms start appearing. These rashes turn into painful blisters. There may be the presence of sores on the buttocks, elbows and knees.

All these could be present in a child or only one or two symptoms may be present.

Source: Times of India

How Can a Child Suffering From HFMD Get Relief:

HFMD is a self-limiting disease and goes on its own in 7-10 days. There is no known vaccine or treatment for HFMD. However, medicines for fever and pain can be taken but only on doctor’s recommendation. While taking care of a child with HFMD, the following points should be kept in mind:

  • Regular cleaning of hands
  • A warm bath for rashes
  • Avoid salty, fried, and spicy food
  • Opt for bland and semisolid foods like Khichdi
  • To avoid dehydration, the liquid intake should be increased
  • Yoghurt, cold popsicles to soothe the sore throat
  • Surroundings should be clean and sanitized
  • Children should be educated not to put their hands and other objects in their mouths
  • The child should not be sent to school
  • Seek doctor’s advice for rashes or in case of an increase of fever, weakness, lethargy and vomiting
Source: Barewalls.com

Since it involves rashes, sometimes hand foot and mouth disease is confused with chickenpox. However, it should be noted that the rashes in HFMD do not cause itching whereas the rashes in chickenpox are cause mild itching. Another difference is the colour and location of the blisters. The blisters of HFMD are yellow and red and appear on the mouth, palms, and soles. Whereas, the blisters of chickenpox are clear and appear on the back and abdomen. Both conditions are caused by different viruses.

Please Note: All the information has been sourced from the internet. Also, please consult your doctor before following anything that is mentioned here.

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Well, about me I can say that I am a certified dentist, healthcare analyst, medical writer and above all a mother of a 6-year-old. Most of my day to day activities revolve around her and she is my inspiration to start this blog. As a mother, I experimented with a lot of new things for my little one in a quest to find the best for her. I just want to share my experiences of being a happy and content mum.

18 Comments

  1. April 9, 2019
    Reply

    Taking note of all of these. It’s certainly an important post

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 9, 2019
      Reply

      Sure Saba

  2. April 9, 2019
    Reply

    I had heard of Foot in Mouth disease. Now I learnt of Hand, Foot, Mouth disease. Thank god it is self limiting. Being a viral disease, it probably has no medicine either.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 9, 2019
      Reply

      Yes, it is a self-limiting disease with only palliative treatment.

  3. April 9, 2019
    Reply

    I heard of foot in mouth disease. Now you are talking of Hand, Foot, Mouth disease.
    Being a viral disease, it probably has no medicine either. I used to have lots of boils in summer months in my childhood. I know it can be painful.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 9, 2019
      Reply

      Yes, this can be very painful.

  4. April 9, 2019
    Reply

    This is such a common disease among kids that I’ve seen a lot of my son’s friends suffer from this painful sickness. Another informative and useful post from you.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 9, 2019
      Reply

      Yes, it has become very common now and since children hug and kiss it spreads quickly as well. Not to forget it is very painful as well.

  5. April 9, 2019
    Reply

    I had heard of the Hand Foot And Mouth Disease but I have never known what it is all about or the details. Thanks for sharing and letting us know about this disease and its symptoms.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 9, 2019
      Reply

      You are welcome and thanks for visiting by

  6. April 9, 2019
    Reply

    Very informative post once again Shubhra. Seeing a child suffer from any of these is the worst thing but your posts are so good at creating awareness and help a lot in taking actions that can prevent all of us in landing in such a situation. Thank You for spreading the knowledge…

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 9, 2019
      Reply

      Thanks, Kushal. I know it can be very disheartening to see a child suffer.

  7. April 9, 2019
    Reply

    I had never heard of that when raising my kids, but some of my grandkids have come down with it. Thanks for educating.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 9, 2019
      Reply

      Yes seems to be very common now. Thanks for visiting by Bonnie.

  8. April 9, 2019
    Reply

    Well detailed post! Have never heard about this disease. Bookmarking it for my sister

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 10, 2019
      Reply

      Sure Vidhya

  9. April 10, 2019
    Reply

    Some of the viruses are so scary especially for young children. My great grandson had
    Coxsackie virus when he was 5 and he now has to have his heart checked annually. My other great grandson had HFMD when he was about 3 and it was so sad to see him suffering. Great info to pass along.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 10, 2019
      Reply

      I hope they are better now. It can be very disturbing to see a child suffer.

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