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How young can a child be, for getting coxsackie hand-foot-mouth disease?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Infants: Maternal antibodies likely protect newborns for the first 2-3 months if the mother had the hfm strains in her lifetime, but unprotected newborns may be susceptible to these human only strains. They may not rash out like older kids. I have seen hfm in kids as early as 6m.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Birth: If the mother of the infant is not immune to the varient that the infant is exposed to then the infant has no immunity and is at risk of the disease. Currently there is an unusual variant of the disease in the us and most people are at risk.

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A 29-year-old female asked:

What medicine can you give a child with hand foot and mouth disease?

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Symptomatic: It is a viral infection, antibiotics won’t work. Keep your child comfortable with anti-pyretics and analgesics. Offer enough fluids.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for adults to get hand, foot, mouth disease?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: This is an illness that is usually experienced in childhood & has more than one strain.If experienced in childhood, the immunity gained is likely lifelong. However we occasionally see this in adults.
Dr. Bryan Levey
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Pediatrics 27 years experience
Had a mild case myself a few years ago. If your body hasn't seen that strain before, you can get it.
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A 50-year-old member asked:

Could a child catch hand foot and mouth twice?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Although hfm is most often associated with coxsackievirus a16, the process does occur with other enteroviral strains (enterovirus 71 ; others). A child will develop immunity to an individual strain after an illness but be susceptible to other unrelated strains, much like there are different strains that cause the flu.
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Is it common to have hand foot mouth disease in winter?

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Dr. Subir Mitra
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Although this occurs more in the summer months, it can happen any time if year.
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A 33-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: Hand foot mouth disease?

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Hand Foot Mouth: Disease is caused by an enterovirus such as cocksackie A16 virus. Characteristic lesions are small painful blisters, sores on the palms of hands, soles of feet ,mouth and diaper area . Sometimes accompanied with fever, sore throat , vomiting and diarrhea. 3-6 day incubation period from contact to illness. Occurs mainly in children under 10 but can be seen in adults.

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