The classic symptom of hand, foot and mouth disease is painful red lesions on the tongue, gums, inside the cheeks and red rashes on the palms, soles, buttock and elbows.
Other common symptoms include fever, sore throat and a general feeling of uneasiness (malaise). Toddlers afflicted by the disease are likely to be more irritable than normal, lose their appetite and have the aforementioned red lesions. HFMD often gets confused with chicken pox or skin allergies.
What you need to remember is unlike chicken pox, HFMD lesions don’t grow all over the body and are smaller and less painful. Also unlike skin allergies, it only occurs in the hand, feet and mouth.
There is no treatment for the disease per se and is a self-limiting disease i.e. it usually heals in seven days. There are various methods to alleviate the symptoms of the disease including painkillers and medicines for fever. You can give your child paracetamol but we recommend consulting a doctor.
However, WebMD recommends you don’t give your child aspirin since it’s been linked to Reye ’s syndrome, a fatal disease that affects many organs, especially the liver and brain and leads low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia).