Here are some important information about HFMD you should know:
- It is usually a mild and self limiting illness
- The incubation period ie the time of when the child is exposed, to the time he develops the illness, is about 3 to 5 days
- It usually affects children under 5 years of age
- The features are multiple ulcers in the mouth and spots on the hands and feet. Sometimes there may be spots on the buttocks as well
- It is spread by direct contact through droplets, saliva, faeces or blister fluid from the infected person.
- The lesions resolve in 3-5 days and there is no scarring
What you should do:
- Consult your doctor immediately if the child has a fever and has been exposed to HFMD or if you see rashes or mouth ulcers.
- Isolate the affected child so he/she does not spread the illness to other kids
- Wash hands with soap before eating and going to the toilet
- Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Maintain good air circulation
- Clean all toys and appliances that may be contaminated by the affected child
- Do not share eating utensils
- Do not return to school until certified fit by your doctor
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i would just to highlight that, caretakers and teachers should take the necessary steps to safeguard themselves, as they spend long hours with kids and its easy to contract hfmd as a result...
i should know, i'm working as a gymnastics instructor and i was down with hfmd last year.
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