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What is hand, foot and mouth disease, its symptoms and how to fix it? the baby boy is 1 year old and he doesn't want to eat or drink. we have to force him and he has at least once a day blow outs of diarrhea. he has a small rash on one side of his mouth a

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Dr. Rui Rodrigues answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Hand, : Hand, foot, and mouth is a viral disease cause by coxsackievirus. It often is accompanied by a rash and cold symptoms but the main symptoms are ulcers that can appear anywhere on the body. In a 1 year old, the most likely location is in the mouth, especially on the tonsils and the back of the throat. Typically the symptoms last about 4-5 days and treating the discomfort with tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen is reasonable. Also make sure you are encouraging fluids, even if the appetite is low because it hurts to swallow you want to make sure he is staying hydrated.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. LynAnn Mastaj answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Your : Your 1 year old has a virus. It is very contagious. He could of picked it up from day care, a pool, or contaminated surface such as a shopping cart or toy h put in his mouth. In a one year old you will have to wait out the virus (10-14 days). Give him plenty of fluids and keep him comfortable. Most of all go thru all his toys and surfaces and clean with diluted bleach and water. It is a good idea to wash everything you can. Good luck.

Answered 12/12/2018

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Dr. Rebecca Butler answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

This : This is a viral infection that must be treated symptomatically with hydration and tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin. Fluids are the most important especially with diarrhea, so encourage him to drink. Monitor his urine output by the number of wet diapers he is having a day, and if they stop, take him back to your doctor. The symptoms are the worst in the first 7-10 days and then subside with full resolution in 10 to 14 days. It is very contagious so be careful to wash hands and toys.

Answered 10/3/2016

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