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):
- 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.
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!