Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Chan1 | 2008/10/09


Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

My son has been diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease by our pead. He suggested that my son must have picked this up at creche but his teacher denies it completely. I' d never even heard about this condition in children before the diagnosis. Is this quite common??
Our pead said there was no meds that could be prescribed and that we had to wait it out. Is this true and what causes it?

Expert's Reply



This illness is caused by a virus known as the coxsackie virus. It is fairly cpommon in young children and is usually caused by contact with another child who is infected. There is no treatment but if your son develops sores in his mouth he may stop eating and will need to see his paediatrician about this. The condition is self limiting and children usually make a speedy recovery.

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Posted by: angelob | 2009/01/26

How long does it last as my little one (20 months old) has been sick for more than a week and she was hospitalized this morning?
She has pneumonia and her ear is now infected as well. how long is this going to last? She was 5 week premature and her immune system is very weak

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