Coxsackie Virus “Hand, Foot & Mouth”

March 29th, 2010 Comments Off on Coxsackie Virus “Hand, Foot & Mouth”

It’s springtime, finally, and coxsackie virus is starting to run the rounds at the daycares.  Children present with fever and drooling, as the pain from ulcers in the mouth cause decreased appetite and potential dehydration.  Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control the fever and pain, and push lots of fluids.  Most centers will exclude your child until day 4 of symptoms, some let the children come sick as it is inevitable that the entire group will come down with the virus since it is spread by direct contact, i.e. drool!  Blisters are also common on the palms, soles and buttocks.  No lotions or creams necessary.  Most symptoms resolve in 7-10 days or earlier.

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