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    Posted: October 12 2017 at 8:07am

Parents told to look out for signs of hand foot and mouth disease after spate of cases

The illness is highly contagious and most common in children under 10

  • UPDATED13:46, 12 OCT 2017

Parents are being reminded to look out for the symptoms of hand foot and mouth diseases after a spate of cases.

The childhood illness is caused by a virus and is most common in children under 10.

First signs of the disease include a high temperature, loss of appetite, a cough and a sore throat and mouth.

A couple of days later red spots appear on the tongue and inside of the mouth. These can quickly develop into painful ulcers which can make eating and drinking difficult.

Soon after, you may notice a rash to the skin - made up of small red raised spots and typically developing on the fingers and hands and the soles of the feet.

These may turn to blisters with a greyish centre and can become itchy and uncomfortable.

Health bosses are urging parents to look out for signs of the disease after a spate of recent cases in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale clinics.

And they're reminding families how to prevent it from spreading.

A Facebook post from the HMR Paediatric Nurse Practitioners states: "We have had quite a few cases of hand foot and mouth disease in our clinics lately so it seems it might be doing the rounds in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.

"Viruses such as hand foot and mouth are spread through close contact with infected people or contaminated surfaces.

"To help prevent the spread ensure you wash your hands and disinfect contaminated surfaces. Avoid allowing your child to share dummies and cups etc and wash clothing and bedding regularly.

"Children are safe to return to school or nursery as soon as they are feeling better there is no need to stay off until the blisters have all healed as with viruses such as chicken pox."

As it is caused by a virus there is no cure and antibiotics won't help. You can normally manage your child at home and it should clear on its own.

To help your child recover you can:

  • Keep them at home until they are feeling better.
  • Keep them hydrated - Offer plenty of fluids and give younger children smaller, more frequent feeds.
  • Offer soft foods. This will help if your child is experiencing a sore mouth or throat from the ulcers.
  • Give Paracetamol to relieve pain and discomfort related to temperature (always follow the instructions on the box).
  • Although most cases won't need medical attention it is important to see a Doctor or Nurse if your child displays the following symptoms:

    • Stops drinking or displays any signs of dehydration (Dry lips, mouth and eyes, reduced urine output, no tears when crying, sunken soft spot (in babies)).
    • Has an altered conscious level (unusually tired or unrousable).
    • Experiences seizures (fits).
    • Is under 3 months and has a temperature of over 38 degrees.
    • Is aged 3-6 months with a temperature of 39 degrees and above.
    • If the skin becomes very painful, red, swollen, hot to touch or discharges puss.
    • If symptoms don't improve after 7-10 days.

    Further information can be found at:


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