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Hand Foot and Mouth Disease is spread through the oral-fecal route. Children under a certain age do not yet fully grasp the concept of oral hygiene which is one of the reasons it spreads so easily.
Teachers help to prevent the spread of infection by screening students at the door. Unfortunately when a child is incubating or recovering from an active infection, they often do not show any symptoms.
Tip 1 – follow the teacher’s advice when they tell you to bring your child to see the doctor.
Tip 2 – follow the doctor’s advice when he tells you to quarantine your child for at least 10 days from the day symptoms first show.
I find that parents tend to allow their child to resume classes as soon as the rashes/lesions start to fade or he/she stars feeling better. They don’t realize that their child remains infectious and it is no surprise that another round of infections starts anew.
Tip 3 – Adults do get the infection too. Wash your hand before you eat and avoid kissing your child during this period. Maintain good hygiene at home to minimize infection spread at home.
Dr Kevin Chua
MB Bch BAO LRCP & SI (NUI), GDFM
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