It is not uncommon to hear stories of kids contracting hand, foot and, mouth disease (HFMD). Although the disease can also affect adolescents and infants, the disease most often occurs among children. And two kids who recently fell ill to it were Primo and Leon, sons of Iya Villania and Drew Arellano.
The mom of two usually shares random moments of her two sons on her Instagram Stories. Iya initially shared that her eldest son, Primo, contracted HFMD and they’re trying to keep him from his brother to prevent transmission to the 10-month old little boy. A few days later, Iya shared that Leon, the younger brother, has also contracted the infection.
Iya also shared that she thinks that Primo contracted the infection from an enclosed play area after she let her son play despite his low immune system because he was still recovering from a previous illness.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
HFMD usually manifests with a rash with blisters on hand, feet, and buttocks, painful sores in the mouth, and fever. According to the World Health Organization, the disease in most cases is self-limiting and mild. However, in some cases, severe symptoms like encephalitis, meningitis, and polio-like paralysis may be observed.
As it is quite common for mothers to worry, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) recommends the following to protect your kids from contracting the disease:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers and using the toilet.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and soiled items, including toys.
- Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups with people with HFMD.
Should you notice HFMD symptoms in your kid, get in touch with your health care provider immediately to receive immediate intervention. It is also important to keep your kids hydrated by letting them drink plenty of fluids. Let’s also try to keep our kids at home while they are still recovering from the disease to prevent other kids from contracting the disease.