Singer Alecia Beth Moore who is only known by her nickname ‘Pink’ has made headlines many times in the last two decades due to multiple reasons. Grammy award winning Singer has become a public figure since the release of her first album “Can’t Take Me Home,” in 2000. She is also popular because of her Tom Boyish nature and her tattooed body. There are nearly two dozen tattoos on her well-toned body. The American singer, songwriter cum actress is once again in news but this time the reason is not her tattooed body, concert or she is featuring in some song or album. Of late, she is making headlines because of her 20-month-old son Jameson Moon. Moon is suffering from hand, foot and mouth disease.
It is a very common childhood illness and its cause is a virus. The disease mainly affects toddlers, infants, and young children. The disease is characterized by a blister-like rash on the feet, mouth and hands of the child accompanied by fever. The blisters even can occur inside the mouth. However, the disease is not related to the foot and mouth disease, which is a very common Livestock disease. The singer who currently is busy on her Beautiful Trauma World tour chooses Instagram to share this news with her fans. She revealed that her 20- month-old son Jameson Moon is suffering from foot, hand, and mouth disease.
Dr Travis Stork who is an ER physician says that the virus responsible for causing Hand, Mouth and Foot disease in babies is highly contagious hence the disease is worrisome both for the affected child as well as its parents.
According to Stork, the disease can sometimes spread to elbows, knees buttocks, or even to the genital region of the affected children. And the disease can communicate from one child to other via nose and throat secretions like blister fluid and Saliva.
“Children under age 5 face more risk of becoming infected with Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease”. It is obvious, children put their hands in their mouth and their immune systems are weak,” Stork Says. “The chances of infection remain high within the first week of the disease but the virus can spread for the next three weeks,” he added.
Hand, Mouth, and Foot disease mainly affects children including toddlers and infants. The major symptom of this disease is blisters on hand, feet and mouth accompanied by fever. It has been observed that the diseases most often affects children in the spring and autumn seasons.
Its main causing agent is coxsackievirus A-1 virus which is communicated from one child to other via oral secretions to faecal matter. The incubation period of the virus is 5 days after it makes entry into the body. After 5 days, the child becomes abnormal and witnesses high fever, poor appetite, aches and pains etc. The fever subsides in one or two days and blisters start appearing on the palms, feet, and mouth. Initially, red spots appear which develop into blisters. The blisters can appear anywhere on the body but the common regions are tongue, inner cheeks, and gums. The blisters inside the mouth and throat cause pain and soreness.
The affected children refuse to drink or eat anything due to the discomfort caused by the blisters. When children refuse to eat or eat anything, they tend to suffer from dehydration. In some children, serious complications occur like encephalitis and viral meningitis. The neck of the child becomes stiff and back pain makes him/her restless, and irritable. If you experience any of these symptoms in your child, you should consult a Pediatrician on an immediate basis.
Unless the symptoms are of so severe nature, this disease can be easily managed at home. The parents should get their affected child evaluated by a physician. At the same time, they should ensure that the child has an adequate oral intake. As far as the medical treatment of this disease is concerned, the child needs special care, fever management, and adequate hydration. The doctor prescribes oral liquid medications to decrease the pain and the inflammatory response associated with the oral lesions. You will have to encourage the affected child to eat food and take liquid diets. If the medication prescribed by the doctor fails to subside the fever or the child shows any signs of dehydration, weight loss, lethargy, or persistent irritability, then you should consult your Child’s paediatrician. Prevention is always better than cure. You should vaccinate your children on time to boost their immunity so that their bodies are able to resist the infection. Good hygiene habit is recommended to prevent the disease. Keep your washrooms clean and try to keep the affected child away from the other children.
Remember there is no vaccination for it and the affected child can’t develop the infection twice. In addition, some children have persistent immunity hence can’t
become infected by this Virus.
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