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Do all babies who are exposed to hand, foot and mouth syndrome always get sick?

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Dr. William Moore
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

As with any exposure to virtually any infection ever, the one exposed does not always get sick, including infants.
Many factors come into play, including the degree of exposure and the competence of the immune system of the one exposed. With many infections, symptoms become apparent within 2-4 days of the exposure. If you are concerned about your baby's health, let your pediatrician know.

In brief: No

As with any exposure to virtually any infection ever, the one exposed does not always get sick, including infants.
Many factors come into play, including the degree of exposure and the competence of the immune system of the one exposed. With many infections, symptoms become apparent within 2-4 days of the exposure. If you are concerned about your baby's health, let your pediatrician know.
Dr. William Moore
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Dr. John Simpson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

While this is a contagious illness, not all infants will contract it when they are exposed.
The longer a baby is in close contact with an ill child the greater the likelihood of becoming infected. This illness is easily spread by respiratory droplets from nasal and oral secrections. Similar symptoms may begin in 48-72 hrs after exposure.

In brief: No

While this is a contagious illness, not all infants will contract it when they are exposed.
The longer a baby is in close contact with an ill child the greater the likelihood of becoming infected. This illness is easily spread by respiratory droplets from nasal and oral secrections. Similar symptoms may begin in 48-72 hrs after exposure.
Dr. John Simpson
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Some do not get sick

Some people who are exposed to hand-foot-mouth disease do not show ill symptoms.
These people (called "carriers") may have the virus and be contagious for a while, so they can pass the virus to another person. Generally, doctors do not recommend isolating "carriers" of h-f-m disease from the community, because it is hard to determine who the carriers are or how long a carrier stays contagious.

In brief: Some do not get sick

Some people who are exposed to hand-foot-mouth disease do not show ill symptoms.
These people (called "carriers") may have the virus and be contagious for a while, so they can pass the virus to another person. Generally, doctors do not recommend isolating "carriers" of h-f-m disease from the community, because it is hard to determine who the carriers are or how long a carrier stays contagious.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics

In brief: After 2 years of age

Pacifiers may be soothing to infants who have a very strong sucking instinct.
By two years of age this instinct should be extinguished and the pacifier may start causing deformity of the palate and teeth.

In brief: After 2 years of age

Pacifiers may be soothing to infants who have a very strong sucking instinct.
By two years of age this instinct should be extinguished and the pacifier may start causing deformity of the palate and teeth.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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