Sunday, April 22, 2012


I've been hearing of many HFMD (Hand, foot and mouth disease) cases on FB. Kids of friends and relatives one by one caught it and it's so sad to know when kids fall ill. Especially when there are more than a kid in the family, do re mi, one by one will kena cos it's spread by mucus, saliva, or feces of an infected person. It's more common in kids than adults and seems to spread like wildfire in nurseries and kindies!

Just a few days ago, I received a message from Jayden's kindy through the message book that 3 kids in his kindy has HFMD. So they advise all parents to observe our kids of any behavioral change in our kids, such as loss of appetite, fever, or just feeling uneasy overall. If there are any signs, DO NOT send your child to school. I think this is one of the best way to make sure it doesn't spread to ALL kids in the kindy... they have also taken measures to make sure kids wash their hands frequently and place sanitisers around the kindy for hygiene purposes.

I was really worried when I came to know that the kindy has HFMD cases cos it can spread really quickly to other kids. What I could do was to boost Jayden's immune system by giving him Vitamin C, cod liver oil and other supplements. And also after coming back from kindy to make sure he washes his hands, go out also frequently clean his hands...

These are some of the common symptoms of HFMD (from Wikipedia):
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Malaise
  • Referred ear pain
  • Sore throat
  • Painful oral lesions
  • body rash, followed by sores with blisters on palms of hand and soles of feet
    • Rash is rarely itchy for children, but can be extremely itchy for adults
  • Oral ulcer
  • Sores or blisters may be present on nose and nostrils
  • Sores or blisters may be present on the buttocks of small children and infants
  • Irritability in infants and toddlers
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Diarrhea
The common incubation period (the time between infection and onset of symptoms) is from three to seven days.

Early symptoms are likely to be fever often followed by a sore throat. Loss of appetite and general malaise may also occur. Between one and two days after the onset of fever, painful sores (lesions) may appear in the mouth and/or throat. A rash may become evident on the hands, feet, mouth, tongue, inside of the cheeks, and occasionally the buttocks (but generally, the rash on the buttocks will be caused by the diarrhea).
As parents, it's important we take note of these symptoms and the minute our child is unwell and shows any signs of HFMD, better bring them to see a doc! For those kids who got it, get well soon! xoxo
It must be the 'season' now and hope it goes away SOON!

6 friends spoke up!:

Small Kucing said...

Thanks. J kiddie also have cases. Now closed till next week. Kinda worry too coz it is contagious

Kristie said...

Ya kathy, very contagious indeed... especially some parents might not be aware and still send their unwell kids to school.

MeRy said...

Last few weeks, HFMD is going around in Sarawak.Now the numbers is getting lesser.

Kristie said...

Mery that's good news. Hope it goes away soon in the big cities too!

Cynthia said...

Princess childcare will call if they detected fever of the child and ask to take the child back IMMEDIATELY! once I got a call at 5pm, and I asked to wait till 6pm, and the childminder give me that 'hah' 'ok la' and response telling me.. be fast ah.. thus, so far no sign of HMFD yet.. but I pray hard it don't happen..

Kristie said...

Cynthia, yes it is good the kindy practise like this, any child unwell, quickly call and notify parent! There was once Jayden was unwell too, vomited, kindy called me straightaway to pick him up!