Kids get sick all the time. From snotty noses to raging fevers, it’s perfectly normal for young children to come down with viral infections every now and then. But what if it’s more than just the occasional cold or stomach bug?
One of the most common children’s illnesses is hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), a highly contagious disease that usually affects children aged 3 to 10. When it comes to HFMD, there’s currently no specific treatment or vaccine available as it’s a generally mild disease that resolves on its own within a week. However, it’s still important to learn how to look out for early signs and manage the symptoms effectively.
What should you do if your child contracts HFMD?
HFMD is a self-limiting condition – most cases usually clear up between 7 to 10 days without any severe or lasting effects, according to HealthHub. It typically starts off with cold-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat and runny nose, before developing blisters in the mouth, on palms of the hands and/or soles of the feet. Although rarely serious, it can be painful and uncomfortable to deal with.
During that period, ensure that your child drinks enough fluids and gets plenty of rest. Taking over-the-counter pain medication can also help to provide some relief. If symptoms don’t improve within a week, be sure to seek medical attention immediately. Concerning signs such as dehydration, a prolonged fever or rapidly spreading rashes are all reasons to contact your doctor right away.
Read this article for more tips on how to care for your HFMD-infected child.
What else can you do to prevent HFMD from spreading?
HFMD is contagious and spreads easily through respiratory droplets from coughing, talking and sneezing. It can also be transmitted through stools when changing diapers or soiled underwear.
As HFMD is the most contagious during the first week of illness, it’s advised for children to stay home if they feel unwell or have open blisters. Adults and older children are not immune to HFMD, so be sure to take preventive measures to protect yourself from getting it.
- If your child is infected, keep them away from close contact with other household members as much as possible, and avoid kissing, hugging or sharing personal items such as toothbrushes and utensils.
- Practice healthy hygiene habits by washing hands regularly (with soap and water for at least 20 seconds) to minimise the spread of germs, especially after coming in direct contact with the infected child.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces as well as shared toys that may be potentially contaminated. Make use of the BioCair BioActive Anti-HFMD Pocket Spray to disinfect items such as potty chairs, pacifiers and milk bottles. It’s capable of eliminating HFMD viruses in just 60 seconds!
- As HFMD can also be transmitted via the air when an infected child coughs or sneezes, keep your home disinfected and free of airborne viruses with the BioCair Aerial Disinfection Machine. Use it with the BioCair BioActive Anti-HFMD Air Purifying Solution to effectively eliminate HFMD viruses, while keeping germ levels at a minimum.
Your children’s health, safety and well-being are the top priority. To protect your child from infectious childhood diseases like HFMD, always use child-safe products like BioCair to prevent the spread and lessen the chances of infection. Non-toxic and alcohol-free, the BioActive Anti-HFMD series is proven to be safe to use around children without causing any harmful effects. Rest assured, your child will be back up on their feet in no time!