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Treatment of children with hand-foot-mouth disease being delayed

Update: September, 15/2015 - 19:00
A doctor examines a child with the hand-foot-mouth disease at the HCM City Paediatrics Hospitals No 1. — Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — Numerous children who contracted hand-foot-mouth disease are being taken to hospital only after being diagnosed at grade 3 or grade 4, which can affect the lungs, a doctor has warned.

Dr Truong Huu Khanh, head of HCM City Paediatrics Hospitals No 1's Neurology and Infectious Diseases ward, said that parents should learn the signs of the disease and take their children to the hospital for treatment early.

"Parents easily understand the disease when the symptoms are a sore throat or a fever," he said.

On September 15, nearly 56 children who had contracted hand-foot-mouth disease were admitted to the ward.

The doctor said common signs include fever, reduced appetite, sore throat and rash on hands, feet and diaper area.

"A serious case being treated at the ward is a 15-month-old baby from District 11, HCM City. The baby was taken to hospital three days ago when she was diagnosed at grade 3, with high fever, and rash on the mouth. Now she can breastfeed." Khanh said.

"She is receiving treatment, but still has high fever."

Hand-foot-mouth disease is a common viral illness among children under the age of three, especially those between 6 months and 12 months, who contract the disease easily and their condition deteriorates rapidly.

The disease peaks during two periods, from March to May, and from September to November, he said.

"It is very important that everyone wash their hands with soap and water, and clean and disinfect toys and floors frequently as the disease is transmitted via the digestive system," he added.

HCM City Paediatrics Hospitals No 1 reported that the number of patients with hand-foot-mouth- disease increased rapidly over the last month. There were 126 cases in July, 242 cases in August and 131 cases during the first nine days of September. — VNS

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