Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
- Caused by a virus.
- Common in young children in summer and fall seasons.
Signs and Symptoms
May cause very mild or no symptoms. Some that may occur include:
- Mild fever
- Sore throat
- Lack of appetite or energy along
- Small, painful blisters in the mouth
- Skin rash of red spots, often topped by small blisters on hands, soles of the feet
- Coughing, sneezing or direct contact with articles used by the infected person.
The virus can live for a long time in feces (stool).
There is no medical treatment, only comfort measures:
- Give your child soft, lukewarm or cold foods if mouth blisters reduce appetite.
- Provide lots of fluids to avoid dehydration (not enough water) (e.g., popsicles.)
Exclude children if symptomatic. They can return when they are fever free, have no other symptoms for a minimum of 24 hours, and feel well enough to attend and participate in activities.
- Wash hands with soap and water after coughing, sneezing, changing a diaper, eating or preparing food
- Cover mouth when coughing
- Do not share drinks or eating utensils with others