For anyone who experiences symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), it is very crucial that they seek medical attention. Do this for the sake of the child. The child must be in pain or in an uncomfortable situation. Singapore is not an exemption of HFMD no matter how modern or perfect medical practice we have. At the end of the day, vigilant people get the best things. You should be vigilant because your family is at risk here. Whether there is an outbreak in school or not, you should make sure that the child is fit to go to school first before actually sending him/her.
Treatment for HFMD: Medical practitioners here in Singapore say that there are no specific treatments. The basic thing that they can do is subdue the symptoms and give relief. No antibiotics are indicated and more importantly, there are no vaccines available for HFMD.
Preventing HFMD: If you identified HFMD’s symptoms or you suspect your child has HFMD, it is important that you seek medical attention right away. Your best bet is to observe the behaviour of the child. If there are changes in the child’s behaviour (like loss of appetite, sleepiness, drowsiness, vomiting, etc.), you should bring her/him to KKH or NUH hospital.
It is imperative that you check the child if he/she is experiencing fever or runny nose. You should also check his/her hands and arms if there are blisters. You need to check the child’s mouth if there are mouth ulcers present and lastly, check the soles, buttocks and legs if there are blisters. If there are, better not send the child to school and seek medical attention right away. The Singapore MOH is always reminding us that prevention is better than cure. Let us be vigilant.