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Preventing Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)


Preventing Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common viral infection that usually affects young children under the age of 5. While the symptoms can be mild in most cases, some children may experience more severe symptoms, which can cause complications such as dehydration, meningitis, or even death.


HFMD is highly contagious and spreads through contact with an infected person's bodily fluids, such as saliva, mucus, or stool. This is why it is important to practice good hygiene and use hand sanitiser, especially in settings like childcare centres, schools, and daycare centres where the risk of transmission is higher.


Symptoms of HFMD usually appear 3-5 days after exposure to the virus and may include:

  • Fever

  • Sore throat

  • Rash on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and/or buttocks

  • Blisters or sores in the mouth

While there is no specific treatment for HFMD, most children recover within 7-10 days with rest and proper care. However, some children may require medical attention if they experience severe symptoms or complications.


Preventing the spread of HFMD is crucial, especially in group settings where children are in close contact with one another. The best way to prevent HFMD is by practising good hygiene, which includes:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water

  • Using hand sanitiser when soap and water are not available

  • Covering mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

  • Avoiding close contact with infected individuals

  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects

Childcare centres, schools, and daycare centres play a crucial role in preventing the spread of HFMD. It is important for these settings to implement strict hygiene protocols, including frequent handwashing and the use of hand sanitiser, as well as regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects.


In addition, parents can also play a role in preventing the spread of HFMD by keeping sick children at home, ensuring that their child practices good hygiene, and talking to their child's teacher or care provider about any concerns or questions they may have.



While Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is most commonly associated with young children, it can also affect adults. In fact, anyone who has not had the virus before is at risk of getting infected.


The rash and blisters on the hands and feet can be particularly uncomfortable for adults, as they can make it difficult to walk or use their hands for daily activities. In addition, adults may experience more severe complications than children, such as meningitis or encephalitis.


Adults can get infected with HFMD through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, such as saliva, mucus, or stool. The virus can also be transmitted through contact with contaminated objects or surfaces.


While the symptoms of HFMD in adults may be more severe, the treatment is the same as for children. Most adults recover within 7-10 days with rest and proper care, although some may require medical attention if they experience complications or severe symptoms.


In conclusion, HFMD is a common viral infection that can be prevented through good hygiene practices such as frequent handwashing and the use of hand sanitiser. jMedGuard Long Lasting Hand Sanitiser provides 24-hour protection and is safe for young children, even babies.


Childcare centres, schools, and daycare centres play a crucial role in preventing the spread of HFMD by implementing strict hygiene protocols and cleaning practices. jMedGuard Standard Self-Disinfecting Antimicrobial Coating Solution is your best choice for eliminating the growth of harmful viruses and bacteria in high-touch areas like tables, chairs, toilet bowls and toys.

Parents can also play a role in preventing the spread of HFMD by educating their children about good hygiene practices and keeping sick children at home. Sanitising and disinfecting the house especially high-touch areas are a good way to prevent the spread of HFMD.


By working together, we can help prevent the spread of HFMD and keep yourself and your loved ones healthy and safe.


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