Hand foot & mouth disease is a mild, contagious viral infection common in young children it is characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. The usual period from initial infection is usually three to six days.

A fever is often the first sign of hand-foot-and-mouth disease, followed by a sore throat and sometimes a poor appetite and malaise. One or two days after the fever begins, painful sores may develop in the front of the mouth or throat.

A rash on the hands and feet and possibly on the buttocks can follow within one or two days. The scary news is that Hand foot & mouth disease is most common in children in childcare settings because of frequent diaper changes and potty training and because little children often put their hands in their mouths.

Hence it is important for the childcare environment to be clean and sanitize on a regular basis, especially during the “season” of hand foot & mouth disease. Parents, on the other hand, should train their kids to have the habit to wash their hands before putting anything near their mouth.