HFMD is a viral illness that usually affects children 5 years and younger. Learn how to recognize the symptoms, how to treat it, and when you should call a doctor.
[MUSIC] Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects children under five years old. Symptoms include fever sore throat red blister-like mouth sores and rash or blisters on the palms soles and buttocks. Don't confuse this illness with foot and mouth disease which affects farm animals. Hand foot and mouth disease is usually caused by the Coxsackie virus. It should go away in about a week. But in the meantime, ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help pain and fever. Avoid anything salty, spicy, or citrusy. Because it can aggravate mouth ulcers. The biggest risk is dehydration. Which can happen when it's too painful for your child to drink. Kids are most likely to infect others during the first week of illness. But can still be contagious weeks after symptoms disappear. Call your doctor if your infant under three months has a fever over 100.4, or if your older baby or toddler has a fever of 102 or higher, or for fever lasting more than 24 hours. Also call if she has severe pain, won't drink, or appears dehydrated. Or isn't responding to over the counter medications. [MUSIC]