Along with warmer weather, summer brings an increase in an odd sounding illness, hand, foot and mouth disease. It can be very painful and highly contagious. It's really common among young children. Parents get alarmed because it shows up as sores on the hands, the feet, and even inside the mouth...which explains the name, hand, foot, and mouth disease.
Dr. Sachin Parekh said, "We've seen them as young as six or seven months old, and as old as 11-12 year old kids."
Dr. Parekh says the good news is the virus is short lived and usually goes away on its own after a few days. But since it is spread by touch, kids at day care can easily pass it to others. That is why the moral of the story is frequent hand washing is the best prevention.
Although Dr. Parekh adds it's a good idea to clean toys and surfaces as well…especially after other kids come over to play.
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