Infectious disease spreading
PARENTS are being encouraged to keep an eye out for hand, foot and mouth disease in children, which has again popped up in the Finley district.
Hand, foot and mouth disease is generally a mild illness which mainly occurs in children under 10 years of age, but can also occur in older children and adults.
Murrumbidgee Local Health Network Public Health director Tracey Oakman said the disease comes about every year, and is quite infectious.
Symptoms include blisters that start as small red dots and later become ulcers on the cheeks, gums, and on the sides of the tongue, as well as on the hands and feet.
In infants, sometimes blisters can be seen in the nappy area. Blisters usually last for seven to 10 days.
Children can sometimes have a low fever, sore throat, tiredness, feel off-colour and may be off their food for a day or two.
Hand, foot and mouth dis- ease is usually spread by person-to-person contact.
Ms Oakman said there is no treatment for hand, foot and mouth disease, besides paracetamol for pain relief.
She said good hygiene is the only prevention.
Children with hand, foot and mouth disease should be excluded from school or childcare facilities until their blisters have dried.
To help prevent the spread of the illness, parents should report cases to their childcare centre director or school principal.