What is Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, How is it Treated?

What is the hand, foot and mouth disease, which is especially seen in the summer months and suffocates your child with painful aphthae and red rashes, what happened to your little one, what should you do for treatment? Don’t worry, we’ve answered them all. In addition, we have added hand and foot disease images in the article so that you do not confuse it with other diseases.

What is hand foot mouth disease?

Hand, foot and mouth disease is an infectious disease caused by Coxsackie A, Coxsackie B and Enterovirus 71 viruses, which is usually seen in children and infants under the age of 10. It is also known as hand foot disease among the people.

What are the symptoms of hand foot disease?

  • Symptoms of hand and foot disease in infants are rashes that may appear in many different parts of the baby’s body, especially on the hands, feet, legs, and even progressing. These red dots can also be seen on your baby’s groin, behind his knees, and in his genital area.
  • A red rash appears on your child’s palate, tongue, inner cheeks, and tonsils. These red dots turn into blisters and aphthae.
  • Aphthae in the baby’s mouth are painful. It can make it difficult for your baby to eat or even drink fluids.
  • It can be confused with chickenpox because of the rash. But the rash of hand, foot and mouth disease is smaller than the rash that occurs in chickenpox.
  • Cough lasting 1-3 days, high fever, loss of appetite, weakness, runny nose, diarrhea and vomiting may accompany hand, foot and mouth disease. High fever can last for 5-6 days.

Does nail drop occur in hand, foot and mouth disease?

Nail drooping is a common condition in hand, foot and mouth disease. There may even be peeling on the hands and feet. But don’t worry, this is temporary. When the disease passes, the child’s nails begin to grow again.

How is hand foot and mouth disease transmitted?

  • fecal contact,
  • close relationship with children who have the disease,
  • Use of common plates, forks, spoons,
  • Not paying attention to hand cleaning,
  • The child can get this disease due to reasons such as swallowing infected water (for example, pool water).

How long is the contagious period of hand foot and mouth disease?

The average duration of contagiousness of hand, foot and mouth disease is 1 week. The disease, which lasts for about 10 days and fever for 5-6 days, resolves spontaneously whether or not any treatment is applied afterwards.

What is hand foot mouth disease bath?

One of the questions that mothers are most curious about is: Is it okay to take a bath in hand, foot and mouth disease?

If your child’s rash has started, choose not to take a bath for the first 3-4 days. Because in hand, foot and mouth disease, the dirt that comes out of your child’s body during the bath increases the risk of infection. In the following days, you can give your child a warm bath without using any chemical products. This will both lower the fever and be comforting.

How is hand foot and mouth disease treated?

Let’s say right away, this disease is contagious but temporary. In addition, there is no specific drug used for the treatment of hand and foot disease. Because the disease has the feature of self-healing. However, during this period, the doctor may recommend painkillers to relieve the child’s pain. You can also use itching creams to reduce itching.

Syrups containing paracetamol and ibuprofen are generally recommended to relieve the pain of children in this disease. Antibiotics are not used because the disease is caused by a virus. Still, it’s best to consult your doctor.

Although rare, children who cannot take fluids due to pain can be given intravenous fluid supplementation.

But of course, there are things you can do for your little baby who has this disease.

What is good for hand foot mouth disease?

  • There is no specific treatment for hand and foot disease. That’s why all the suggestions are only for your child to get through this process more painlessly and painlessly. We have a few suggestions for you:
  • If the rash is itchy, you can use anti-itch lotions and creams.
  • If the sores inside your child’s mouth are many and painful, ensure that they are fed as much liquid as possible. For example , baby soups are like medicine for your lamb in this period.
  • You can also try herbal treatment methods for hand, foot and mouth disease. The important thing is that you do this by using liquids and food. In this period, you can feed your child with fruit and vegetable purees , freshly squeezed apple, grape, watermelon, carrot juice, keep in mind.
  • Do not neglect foods that contain probiotics, such as yogurt. Since probiotics strengthen the immune system, it is especially good for your baby’s mouth sores.

Does hand, foot and mouth disease recur?

Yes, it can repeat. Because there is no vaccine for this disease. It is also contagious and does not give immunity. In order for this not to happen, you need to pay attention to the hygiene issue first.

What are the ways to prevent hand foot and mouth disease?

  • Hand, foot and mouth disease is contagious. Therefore, keep your child away from people with this disease. If there is such a situation in the nursery environment, do not take your child to kindergarten, kindergarten and similar crowded environments, especially for 1 week.
  • Pay attention to the cleanliness of the children’s common playgrounds.
  • Make sure your child’s hands are clean.
  • Avoid common use of personal items such as plates, glasses, forks, spoons, towels.
  • When coughing and sneezing, be careful to cover your child’s mouth with a tissue. It is also very important to wash hands after each nose wiping and toilet.
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