Par­ents get it, too

Young Parents (Singapore) - - Feature -

When your kid has HFMD, how can you pro­tect your­self from get­ting in­fected, too?

IT'S VERY CON­TA­GIOUS “Fam­ily mem­bers have mul­ti­ple con­tact and thus ex­po­sure. More ex­po­sure means more op­por­tu­ni­ties for the virus to trans­mit,” says

Dr Leong Hoe Nam, in­fec­tious dis­ease physi­cian from Rophi Clinic at Mount El­iz­a­beth Novena Hos­pi­tal.

“A higher vi­ral load is trans­mit­ted, re­sult­ing in more se­vere dis­ease. This con­sid­er­a­tion is not unique to HFMD, but we see it in in­fluenza, per­tus­sis and chick­en­pox, too.”

WATCH WHAT YOUR KID TOUCHES The virus is found in the in­fected child’s saliva. “So as the child speaks, the virus spreads,” he ex­plains, adding that any sur­face that the in­fected child touches will also be ex­posed to the virus.

BUT YOUR RISK IS LOW Your only con­so­la­tion is that the risk of an adult get­ting in­fected with HFMD is a low 1 to 5 per cent.

KEEP YOUR­SELF CLEAN Ex­perts ad­vise fre­quent and thor­ough hand­wash­ing, too.

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