Babies’ hands, feet and mouths have become viral in recent days.
In recent days, a disease of the hands, feet and mouth of babies, HFMD for its acronym in English, has gone viral. This usually causes a fever, painful sores in the mouth, and a rash on the hands and feet. According to the CDC site, you should be alert, since although these symptoms may disappear within a period of one or two weeks, any neglect could complicate the health of your little one.
What are the symptoms?
Generally the symptoms are the following:
Is the disease serious?
Usually it is not serious, but it is careful. It is usually mild, and most of the time, people recover within 7 to 10 days without treatment. It is not normal for any type of complications to occur. In rare cases, infected people may develop viral meningitis.
Yes, it is contagious. The viruses that cause the disease can be found in different parts of the body of infected people.
In the secretions of the nose and throat (saliva, sputum and nasal mucus).
In the liquid from the blisters.
In the feces
The disease is spread in the following ways:
Close contact (kisses, hugs) or when sharing glasses or cutlery.
Coughing and sneezing
In contact with feces.
In contact with the liquid from the blisters.
Who is at risk?
The main people at risk are infants and children under 5 years of age. Although older children and adults are also prone to contracting it. When a person contracts the disease their body creates immunity.
Which is the treatment?
In itself there is no specific treatment for the disease. Fever and pain can be controlled with over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These reduce fever and pain.
Can it be prevented?
There is no vaccine to protect against the disease. However, the risk of becoming infected with the viruses that cause it can be decreased. These are some measures you should take:
Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers and helping children do the same.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, if you have not washed your hands.
Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, or sharing glasses or silverware.
Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as toys or door handles.
Is it the same as foot and mouth disease?
No, the News Medical site explains that hand, foot and mouth disease is often confused with foot and mouth disease, which affects cattle, sheep and pigs. It should be noted that animals do not get the disease from humans and humans cannot get the disease from animals.
Although this disease is not entirely contagious, it is important that you take into account these points so that you can avoid contagion from both your child and yours.