Hand-Foot-and-Mouth disease is a very common viral infection found among young children. Learn the most common symptoms of Hand-Foot-and-Mouth disease, and ways you can help prevent infection.
Hand-Foot-and-Mouth disease is a very common viral infection found amongst young children. Many children become infected while they are in child care, where they are frequently near other potty-training or diaper-wearing children. While the disease is contagious, it occurs most frequently in the summer and autumn, and preventable measures can be taken to help lower your child’s risk of infection.
Check out the most common symptoms of Hand-Foot-and-Mouth disease, and ways you can help prevent infection below!
Each child who becomes infected with Hand-Foot-and-Mouth disease will experience a different combination of symptoms. A fever is typically the first symptom of infection, followed by the lesions a day or two later, and rashes on the hands and feet one to two days after that.
There are no specific treatments for Hand-Foot-and-Mouth disease, but there are preventive measures that you can take to limit the chances of your child becoming infected.
While Hand-Foot-and-Mouth disease can seem scary at first, it is a minor infection with relatively mild symptoms. Bring your child in to the doctor if the sores on their mouth are preventing them from eating or drinking, or if the symptoms do not pass on their own within a few days.
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