Notes: Mrs. Hoffmann has been seeing an increase in students with
symptoms of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. Here's yet another reason
to teach kids to wash their hands well and often as it can help prevent the
spread of hand, foot, and mouth (HFM) disease. Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common
contagious illness caused by viruses from the Enterovirus family, most commonly
Signs and Symptoms: HFM causes painful blisters in the throat, and on the tongue, gums, hard palate, or inside the cheeks. The soles of the feet and the palms of the hands may have a rash that can look like flat red spots or red blisters. A child with HFM also might have a fever, be tired or irritable, and begin to droop due to painful swallowing. Older children and adults with HFM often complain of a headache and flu like symptoms.
Treatment: If your child is very irritable or refusing food or drink, it's time to see the doctor. While there is no medical cure for HFM disease (the illness needs to run its course), the doctor can recommend home care to make your child more comfortable during recovery. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be given to help a child who is achy or irritable, or to ease painful mouth sores or discomfort from fever. But do not give aspirin to children or teens, as it may cause a rare but serious illness called Reye syndrome.
Prevention: There is no vaccine to prevent HFM disease or other similar infections. HFM is contagious and can spread through contact with feces, saliva, mucus from the nose, or fluid from the blisters. Keep kids home from school and childcare while they have a fever or open blisters on the skin and in the mouth. Hand washing is the best protection. Remind everyone in your family to wash their hands often, especially after using the toilet or changing a diaper, and before preparing or eating food.
Thursday, October 30th marks the end of the first Marking Period.
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