It’s a 24/7 job for parents to always ensure the safety of their kids anywhere they go. Cleanliness should also be taken into account of their safety as they’re prone to contract any diseases.
A concerned mother took to Facebook to warn other parents about how their children can contract hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) from crowded places.
Madelyn Bercasio Gurango in the Philippines wrote her post in November 2017 narrating how her son, Clark contracted the contagious disease after playing at a mall playhouse.
Photo for illustration purpose only | Source: Reka Zone
According to Gurango, after they finished the monthly check-up of her son they planned to go home but decided to reward her son a mall tour.
When they arrived at the mall, they directly went to the playhouse where she allowed Clark to play and enjoy with the other kids.
The following day, while Gurango was at work, her mom suddenly called her and told her that Clark has a high fever, Gurango immediately left her office and rushed home to look after her son.
When she arrived home, she saw her son vomiting and having chills, she looked after her son the entire night.
She then noticed pox-like rashes started to appear on Clark’s foot, and it quickly spread up to his body. That was when she rushed Clark to the hospital.
The doctors diagnosed Clark with the Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease (HFMD). Guarango believes that her son contracted the virus from the playhouse when she brought her son to the mall the day after he got sick.
Because of what happened to her son, she decided to post the pictures on her social media to raise awareness about the HFMD disease and advised all parents not to bring their kids to crowded places.
Fortunately, after taking medication for a week, Clark started to feel better.
For more information, HFMD is a mild, contagious viral infection common in young children. It is characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. HFMD is most commonly caused by a coxsackievirus.
While HFMD usually occurs in children but it can also occur in adults too!
The majority of HFMD infections are self-limited, so no specific treatment is required. It usually resolves in about 10 days with no scarring, but the person may shed coxsackievirus for several weeks.
Prevention is difficult, avoiding close/direct contact with people who are infected with hand-foot-and-mouth disease, and their stool, saliva, and blister fluid. Frequent hand washing and cleaning of items handled by HFMD patients are the best additional methods of prevention.