Get the facts on HFMD (Hand Foot and Mouth Disease) - its causes, symptoms, how it is transmitted and how best to protect your child.
This video follows the journey of the Ng family. One of its young members, 7-year-old Bowy, was unfortunate and contracted HFMD (Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease) at his kindegarden.
HFMD (Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease) is mainly caused by the Coxsackie Virus. The incubation period for the virus is usually between 3 to 7 days. and symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Sore throat
- Painful rashes
In most cases of HFMD (Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease), the virus is usually spread from person to person through contact with fluids (such as saliva, nasal discharge or fluid from the rash of a infected child).
A child with HFMD (Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease) can pass the virus to other children - especially those under the age of 5. This group is most susceptible because they have less antibodies or immuity against infections.