Is It Dangerous for Children Having Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease?

Q: My daughter is 8 years old. She has a fever and blisters and rash began to develop in her mouth and on her palms this morning. It seems that she has hand, foot, and mouth disease. I don’t think it’s serious. Should I take her to the doctor’s. Will it develop into a severe illness?

A: Usually people with hand, foot and mouth disease can heal by themselves, be they children or adults. The immune system will have a battle with the viruses and it won’t last long. After 7-10 days, you can see that the immune system wins and the symptoms of the disease are gradually gone. However, the complete elimination of viruses takes a long period of time.

As long as your child can stand the discomfort the disease causes, there is no need for you to take her to hospital. You can let her take ibuprofen to relieve her from the pain caused by the blisters and ulcers. If she still burns, you can make her have a lukewarm bath to lower her temperature. Her condition should be better with these measures.

However, hand, foot and mouth disease can be dangerous in few cases. It may develop some serious complications. If you find anything wrong, you should take her to the doctor’s immediately.

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