Coxsackie Disease

What Is The Coxsackie Disease?

Coxsackie disease is most commonly known as hand, foot, and mouth disease. It generally affects children from birth to three years of age. However, it has been found in children up to ten years of age. Though very rare, a few adults have been diagnosed with Coxsackie disease. This type of virus is very contagious, spreading like a wildfire. It often spreads through a group of children in childcare centers. While it is painful, it is not dangerous or life threatening. Coxsackie disease can be eliminated by properly washing your hands, toys, and other items children come into contact with. The virus is the result of unwashed hands and contaminated feces. It is important to wash all toys, bedding, and clothing an infected child comes into contact with to prevent the reoccurrence of Coxsackie disease. For childcare centers, they may have to close the doors for a few days to completely disinfect everything to prevent the virus from spreading to other children.

Symptoms Of The Coxsackie Disease

Coxsackie disease is often misdiagnosed by parent as they symptoms are very similar to those associated with teething. Children often refuse to drink or eat much, they are fussy, and they drool continuously. Coxsackie disease is often accompanied by a fever that comes and goes. A symptom that is hard to notice unless you look for it is small sores on the back of the tongue and the roof of your child’s mouth. This is easy to check by shining a flashlight in your child’s mouth. Some children don’t develop any sores, making it even harder to diagnosis.

Treatment Of The Coxsackie Disease

There is no need for a prescription drug to treat Coxsackie disease. For most children, the virus will run its course in three to five days. If your child’s symptoms persist more than five days, or you can’t get the fever to drop, consult medical attention. To ease your child’s pain, give them acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Either one will help with the pain and help to reduce a fever. Benadryl works well to help relieve the sores. It is also known to help your child be able to sleep. Keep your child away from other children. Your child is extremely contagious as long as he or she is drooling and running a fever. To prevent dehydration, encourage your child to suck on popcicles, and serve soft foods including jello and pudding.

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