Hand Foot and Mouth

This disease occurs in the summer and fall months. It is not related to any serious cattle disease. Instead, it is a viral disease that spread through some child care facilities and among some families.

It is harmless for most young children. The virus causes small to large ulcers in the mouth. Pustules may appear on the palms of the hand or soles of the feet. The buttocks may also develop a rash. Fever may occur but if it persists beyond two days, I recommend an office exam.

A possible complication is dehydration, because the oral ulcers can be severe and the discomfort will discourage fluid intake. This complication is unusual. Like most illnesses with rashes, your child is contagious for a couple of days before the rash appears until it fades.