Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mommies, Be Aware!

This week, friends and colleagues (especially mommies with toddler and baby) spread the news that the Coxsakie virus infection or HFM disease attack is back..which is scary!!

To tell you the truth, I was puzzled when they mentioned about it. It was when Nancy explained to me (TQ dear!) that HFM stands for Hand, Foot & Mouth disease, I said.."Ooowh, that disease". Naive sungguh Mommy Faaz...huhu.

I remembered the virus attacked was a huge disaster few years back in Sarawak as it has caused deaths. But the symptoms?, how does it spread?, the prevention? I am totally clueless!! :(
Maybe the fact that I never had a child before made me less aware or should I say couldn't be bothered so much about it. Now that I have one, my precious little one, I quickly do some research, readings...I must be aware and alert. Prevention is better than cure, rite?

As I do believe there are young mommies out there who are in the same boat as me, here are some information that might be useful to you as well.

HFM, is a spreading disease that commonly attack children below the age of 5. It is caused by a virus named Coxsackie A 16, named after a town in New York where it was first described. Exposed children can be infected for 3-6 days before showing the symptoms. Pregnant women, especially those who are waiting for the due date can pass the disease to their newborns as well, so preggy mommies, if you found any symptom quickly consult your obstetrician.


Symptoms includes:
  • Mouth blisters; which is common first sign. It affected the tongue, inside of the cheek and back of the throat. It is painful and may cause the child refuse to drink and becomes dehydrated.
  • Small, greyish red blisters on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and sometimes buttocks too.
  • Rashes developed on the palms and soles are unusual, which will disappear in approximately 10 days.
  • Fever with temperature between 100deg to 102deg for few days
How it spread?

Infection is spread from a person to a person by direct contact with infectious virus found in the nose and throat secretions, saliva, blister fluid and stool of infected persons. Infected person is most contagious during the first week of the illness. The virus that cause HFM disease can remain in the body for weeks after a patients symptoms have gone away. This means that the infected person can still pass the infection to other people even tho this person appears well. There are some people who carry the virus ( a carrier), who may have no symptoms at all.



Preventions:
  • wash hand after diaper changing
  • ensure toys, pacifier or anything the child may place in their mouth is clean and regularly clean/sterilize/disinfect
  • avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, sharing cup/eating utensil with those who are infected/suspected with this disease
  • avoid crowded places such as mall, market or any huge gathering
  • basically, practise good hygiene helps
I hope this bits of info does give you a clue on this disease. You can always google about it from the net or from the local newspapers. My prayer is that may Allah SWT protect us and most importantly our little angels from this disease..Aamin.


12 comments:

dyana "his other half" said...

oh, thanks a lot for the info nadia...really useful...harap2 ALLAH lindung our little precious...AMIN...

Nadine said...

no problem Cee D, next time you know something, share pulak ngan Nadia k. Risau kan? InsyaAllah, Aamin.

:: NieSha :: said...

nadia, thanks sharing the info..wani pon dulu x pnh amik tau benda2 ni..sgtla risau terutama wani ni tinggal damia kt nursery..dhla nanti kena g training sebulan..rasa mcm nk pura2 pengsan kt opis pastu konon2 xleh g training..ahaks!

Nadine said...

wah..sebulan training wani?! lamanya.. *sob* jauh ke kena pegi tu?

hihi, kelakarla pulak wani punye idea nk pura2 pengsan. heee :D

my.mastura said...

mak oi nad..takut nyer...dh tu plak, mikhail dihantar ke rumah org..x kan kita nk suh org tu jaga hygiene lak..nnt kata kita x caya dia plak...

:( takut nyer....

Nadine said...

babysitter tu jaga ramai budak ke Mas?
hmm, susah juga kan. Tp any toys dia ade ke, puting dia ke, sblum pegi rumah babysitter ko sterilize siap2 dulu, precautions :)

Kita doa sama2 smoga Mikhail & Faaz dilindingiNya slalu k. :)

my.mastura said...

dia jaga Mikhail sorg je...tp, mana la tau kan...surrounding nyer yg aku x berkenan..tp, jumpa org tu pon dh last2 minit..aku dh nk masuk keje dh time tu..terima je la...tp so far Alhamdulillah org tu mmg hari2 dia rebus botol, puting Mikhail...

HalfBlood Princess said...

Hmm Zahin aritu doc kata mcm nk kne HFM tgk2 jd chicken pox..tatau plak coxsakie virus ni adalah HFM..eei nauzubillah..minta dijauhkan la dpd ank2 kita.

:: NieSha :: said...

kursus kt german la nadia..aduh..wani rasa mcm nk mati je bila tgk nama ada dlm list..ni wani tgh pk2 nih mcmmana nk ngelat nih..damia still bf mlm2 n weekend n everytime wani dgn dia..xtaula mcm mana nnt..

Nadine said...

wowie..germany. teringat pulak first time kena tinggal dgn en fadzil masa dia pergi germany lah dulu. JELES ok :p

wani, bawak jela damia...heee :)

MOMMAHOLICSURI said...

owh owh..takutnyerrrr....
TQ very much for the info nadia. Moga2 our babies di jauhkan dari disease ni. Aamin.

Nuurill setuju ngan Damia. Wani hangkut Damia ngan cik abang sekali :)

Nadine said...

Its my pleasure, dear. Itula..risau. Aamin :)