If you've ever had to deal with hand foot and mouth disease you know that it is no joke. It's a very contagious disease that mostly affects children under 5, but can also spread to older kids and adults.
I know first hand about this. When my son was first born he got this and it spread to my wife, her father and her sister. Luckily I did not get it so I was able to take care of people in my household while they had to deal with painful blisters and soars on their hands, feet, and in their mouth. Like I said, it's awful.
How do you know if your child has it?
If they have a fever followed by the appearance of the red blisters on their hand, around their mouth, and on their feet. If they do get the blisters in their mouth they may not want to eat or drink, but make sure they do because you don't want them to get dehydrated.
Recently New York Mets pitcher Noah Sydergaard was sidelined because of the disease.
How to you get it?
According to the Mayo Clinic:
The most common cause of hand-foot-and-mouth disease is infection with the coxsackievirus A16. The coxsackievirus belongs to a group of viruses called nonpolio enteroviruses. Other types of enteroviruses sometimes cause hand-foot-and-mouth disease.
Oral ingestion is the main source of coxsackievirus infection and hand-foot-and-mouth disease.
It's important to note that your child is contagious before they even show symptoms. So that's a boat load of fun. Keep them away from daycares and places where there is a known outbreak.
Ways to prevent it is to wash hands and disinfect contaminated areas.