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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

How HFMD looks like and Baby Dylan condition

Below is not Dylan picture but it is similar to what he is suffering now ...


  • Currently Baby Dylan fever still up and down ... not able to drink and eat ... cry most of the time as understood he is frustrated and in pain. As a parent, we feel so helpless cause he suffered in his 15 months old only. Hope he will recover soon and will find better medicine for him to cure his bad ulcer in his throat.
  • What is hand foot and mouth (HFM) disease?

    Hand foot and mouth disease (HFM) is a viral infection characterized by fever and a typical rash most frequently seen on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and inside the mouth. It should not be confused with foot (hoof) and mouth disease that affects cattle, sheep, and swine.

    Hand Food and Mouth (HFM) Syndrome At A Glance

    - Hand foot and mouth disease is a viral disease.
    - Hand foot and mouth disease produces a rash on the hands, feet, and in the mouth.
    - Hand foot and mouth disease often occurs in the spring and fall.
    - Hand foot and mouth disease is common in kids, particularly preschoolers.
    - Hand foot and mouth disease usually is mild and over within a week. Treatment is directly toward relief of symptoms (fever and sore throat).


    What are the symptoms and signs of hand foot and mouth disease?

    HFM is most commonly an illness of the spring and fall seasons. Initial symptoms of mild fever (101 F-102 F) and malaise are followed within one or two days by a characteristic rash. Small (2 mm-3 mm) red spots that quickly develop into small blisters (vesicles) appear on the palms, soles, and oral cavity. The gums, tongue, and inner cheek are most commonly involved. The foot lesions may also involve the lower calf region and rarely may appear on the buttocks. Oral lesions are commonly associated with a sore throat and diminished appetite.

    What causes hand foot and mouth disease?

    HFM is caused by several members of the enterovirus family of viruses. The most common cause is Coxsackie virus A-16; less frequently enterovirus 71 is the infectious agent. The clinical manifestations of routine HFM are the same regardless of the responsible virus. However, patients infected with enterovirus 71 are more likely to experience rare complications (for example, viral meningitis or cardiac muscle involvement).

    How is hand foot and mouth disease spread?

    HFM is spread person to person by direct contact with the infecting virus (either Coxsackie virus A-16 or less commonly enterovirus 71). These viruses are most commonly found in the nasal and throat regions but also in the blister fluid or stool of infected individuals. Infected individuals are most contagious during the first week of their illness. HFM cannot be contracted from pets or animals.

    The viruses that cause HFM may remain in the person's respiratory or intestinal tract for several weeks to months after all symptoms have resolved. It is possible, therefore, to transmit the infection even though the formally ill individual has completely recovered. Some individuals (most commonly adults) may exhibit no symptoms during their infection but may unwittingly transmit the illness to those (commonly infants and children) who are not immune.

    What is the incubation period for hand foot and mouth disease?

    HFM is moderately contagious and spreads from person to person. It cannot be spread by animals. Usually the virus is passed via oral secretions (nasal discharge, saliva, etc.) or via stool. There is a short four- to six-day incubation period between exposure and development of initial symptoms (fever and malaise). A person is most contagious during the first week of illness.

    How does hand foot and mouth disease affect pregnancy and the baby?

    Commonly HFM is an illness of children less than 10 years of age; adults generally were exposed during childhood and maintain a natural immunity. Information regarding fetal exposure to HFM during pregnancy is limited. No solid evidence exists that maternal enterovirus infection is associated with complications such as spontaneous abortion or congenital defects. However, should a baby be born to a mother with active HFM symptoms, the risk of neonatal infection is high. Typically, such newborns have a mild illness. Rarely, overwhelming infection involving vital organs such as liver, heart, and brain can be lethal.

    How is hand foot and mouth disease diagnosed?

    Usually, the diagnosis of HFM is made on a combination of clinical history and characteristic physical findings. Laboratory confirmation is rarely necessary unless severe complications develop.

    What is the treatment for hand foot and mouth disease?

    Therapy for HFM is directed toward symptomatic relief of fever and sore throat. Antibiotics are not indicated for this viral disease.

25 comments:

SimpleGirl said...

sad to hear that, pray that baby will recover soonest possible!!!!take care too!!

Angeline@安琪琳 said...

Via:I know how you feel. My son got it in May. He refused to drink milk and emotional. I feel so helpless, nothing much we can do but keep monitoring. I stayed in Columbia with him for few nights.(http://nothingbutangelinestory.blogspot.com/2010/05/calvin-boy-got-hfmd.html). Keep strong Dylan!

uLi.佑莉 said...

Poor Dylan...must take good care of him :)

FOODnTRAVELla said...

Pity Dylan. Hope he will recuperate soon!

Caroline Ng May Ling said...

Poor little Dylan. :(( hope he get well soon yea. :)

Sheoh Yan said...

Speedy recovery to Dylan and you take care.

reanaclaire said...

Hope he gets well soon..drink more fluids..

Erika Toh said...

My prayers goes to baby Dylan, may he recover asap. ^^

thule a.k.a leo said...

you take care too ok?? My friend kena the disease after contacting with her daughter... that's why you have to stay healthy to take care of both your wife and son :)

WyYv said...

Hope baby Dylan get well. =) Stay healthy too! Take care ya

Twilight said...

We understand the stress and worries you are going through now. Be strong and get advice from experienced parents to tackle this. I know you can do it! We will pray for Dylan's recovery.

Rose said...

Hope your baby is recovering fast. As a parent, I am also worry about those transmitted virus, scary. Got to be more hygienic especially with my baby boy as he tends to put everything into his mouth nowadays

Yvon S said...

Pray that Dylan get well soon :)

cheeyee said...

Poor boy. Hope he get well soon. Maybe can try give him cold fresh milk if he rejects the formula milk.

Agnes said...

Poor boy. Hope baby Dylan will get well soon!

choi yen said...

poor little Dylan~~

yvonne said...

I hope baby Dylan is recovering well and you take care, too.

CathJ said...

be strong ya..

we pray Dylan will recover soon... so heartache to hear this... ulcer in throat?? -_-

suituapui said...

My daughter had it before...and I got a bit also on my hands. It was really painful. Have to be strong and patient... May God bless Dylan and you and missus...with strength and endurance through this difficult time.

suituapui said...

I linked this post to you in my comment on your status on Facebook, dunno if you've read it. Info may be helpful...
http://mylittlesprouts.blogspot.com/2010/09/when-kids-dont-eat.html

Mei Teng said...

Hope he recovers soon.

smallkucing said...

I know how helpless you and yve are felling now. Hope Dylan will recover soon

Alice Law said...

I'm sorry to hear that Dylan is also down with HFM, hope he is feeling better by now! Don't worry too much, the disease usually only sustain a week, all the best to Dylan!

Btw, Happy Mid Autumn to you!

lechua said...

Get well soon Dylan!!

Jasmine said...

how about Dylan recently? ok already?

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