I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your family.
The nice weather brings a smile to our faces.
We are soaking up the sunshine and warmth for as long as we can!
There is lots of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease going around, and we hear from many families daily about this illness.
Here is some more information about it.
What is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease?
Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is a viral illness called herpangina that affects kids, usually in the fall and summer. It usually affects young children, but older children and adults can also be infected.
HFMD causes a rash in and around the mouth, hands, and feet and sometimes spreads to other areas of the body.
What does HFMD look like?
• Small pimple-like lesions (called vesicles) in the throat, on the tongue and in the mouth.
• The vesicles may pop and become ulcers on the tongue and in the mouth.
• Small, blister or pimple-like rash on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
• Groin and diaper area rash is common.
• Can have pimples throughout the body.
• Decreased appetite (usually from sores in the mouth).
What causes HFMD?
HFMD is typically caused by a virus called coxsackie. It is very contagious and spreads through contact with saliva and droplets by coughing, sneezing, and talking.
How can I help my child feel better?
HFMD is caused by a virus, so antibiotics WILL NOT help. Symptoms should go away, like any virus, within a week.
Your child may have decreased appetite due to mouth pain and achiness; we want to ensure they are drinking enough. We find that cold, bland, and non-acidic foods and drinks can help them maintain hydration. Think popsicles, ice cream, freezies, and yogurt. The good stuff!
You can give Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen to decrease pain and fever. Viscous lidocaine mouthwash, available by prescription, can also help soothe the ulcers in the mouth.
As always, see your pediatrician or family doctor if your child is unwell and you are concerned.
Have a wonderful week, everyone,
Dina is a wife, mother of 4, and adrenaline junky. She loves to share children’s health information from her professional and personal experience. More About Dr Dina.