A 29-year-old female asked:
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my elder son has hand foot and mouth disease with no blisters. only sore throat and fever. can he pass this to one month old baby? is it dangerous for newborn? how to prevent?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe: Usually a newborn has immunity to some of these viral strains because the mother likely had it as a kid & transfers a few months worth of protection. I would avoid contact if possible as it passes in oral secretions or poop. I never saw it that young in 4 decades as a pedi.
Answered on Aug 20, 2019
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Good hand washing : Good handwashing and avoiding contact are suggested until his brother is better.
Answered on Aug 18, 2019

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