Top symptoms include:
- Fever and poor appetite
- Malaise, sore throat, painful mouth sores
- Non-itchy skin rash, usually on the palms and soles.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a viral infection common in infants and children. It tends to increase in the summer months, when the virus is most active. The first symptoms are usually a fever and poor appetite; mouth sores or a skin rash develop within 48 hours. The virus spreads via saliva, mucus, blister fluid, and stool; infected children can remain contagious for weeks after symptoms appear. The best prevention is washing hands often, disinfecting surfaces, and teaching your child not to put objects in his mouth.
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