“Red spots…, Fever…, Ulcers and Blisters…” Does this sounds familiar?

Hand Foot And Mouth Disease (HFMD), is one of the most common spread in all childcare centres and also one of the most contagious spread that occurs amongst children, and lately, adults too. Everyone knows and heard of the common symptoms of HFMD, however, do parents really know how to identify the signs and symptoms of HFMD? 

Here are some common symptoms to look out for:
1. Fever, poor appetite, malaise, and frequent sore throat
2. Painful sores in mouth, tongue, gums and inside of cheeks
3. Non itchy skin rash especially on hands, feet, and sometimes, buttocks and genitalia

How then, does the spread occurs?
– Through contact with an infected person before the blisters appear (usually takes 3 to 5 days after contact). 

Mode of transmission:
1. Saliva
2. Open wounds (blisters)
3. Discharge, Pus, Stool

Do you know?
An infected person is the most contagious during the first week of illness and the period of communicability can last up to several weeks. Though it is most contagious amongst young children, adults and older children may get infected too!

What should we do if our child/children gets infected?
1. Seek medical treatment and stay indoors.
2. Get sufficient rest, and drink plenty of fluids!
3. Return back to school only after doctor has certify that your child has fully recover. **Remember to pass the doctor’s clearance letter to the school upon return.
Be considerate! :Do Not bring your infected child/children outdoors as it may spread to others too!

Can we prevent the spread of HFMD?
Yes, we can! We can all do our part by:
1. Washing our hands frequently with soap and water
2. Covering our mouth and nose when we sneeze and cough
3. Keep our sick child away from school (remember to inform the school)
4. Maintain cleanliness of home, and school
Let’s all do our part in keeping the virus away. Frequent hand washing is important to help keep the germs and bacteria away.
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