Signs & symptoms
A child with HFMD may suffer from some of the following symptoms:
- sore throat
- ulcers in the throat, mouth and tongue
- rash with vesicles (small blisters 3-7 mm) on hands, feet and diaper area. The vesicles are typically on the palm side of the hands the sole side of the feet and very characteristic in appearance. The rash may also be present on the buttocks, arms and legs.
- loss of appetite
- vomiting and/or diarrhoea
How it is spread
HFMD is spread from person to person by direct contact with the nasal discharge, saliva, faeces and fluid from the rash of an infected person. Both adults and children can be affected, but young children below five years of age are particularly susceptible.
(source: MOH website)
As a parent, we can only take precaution by improving our hygiene to prevent the wide spread of HFMD. The fact is kids will forget about hygience once they start playing together and the is no way to avoid this diesease as long as our kids mix around in playground, school or their enrichment class.
While most parents took the pain to prevent HFMD, not many took the initiative to prevent a financial loss when incident like this happen. There are many insurance company that cover HFMD in addition to illness that are prone to children or accidental injuries. Some plan pays a daily income which act as a loss of income when the parents is require to take leave to care for the sick child. All these can be done with only $10-20/mth!!
As an IFA, I will prefer not to recommend the plans here. However, I will be glad to provide you with more information if you or your friends are interested. Kindly forward this information to your friends who may find this information useful.