According to the Center for Disease Control of Ho Chi Minh City, in the first four months of the year, the city recorded nearly 1,600 cases of the disease. Hand, foot and mouth with 96% of sick children aged 1-5. The number of cases increased in both inpatients and outpatients.
Isolation area for children with hand, foot and mouth disease at Children’s Hospital 2, HCMC
Doctor Nguyen Minh Tien, deputy director of the City Children’s Hospital, said that recently, the hospital received about 100-120 children every day for examination, double that of the beginning of the month. Most of the children who came to the clinic had mild illness, a few had to be hospitalized, in which some severe cases required mechanical ventilation.
Meanwhile, Children’s Hospital 2 said that if from April 9 to April 22, the hospital only recorded 258 hand, foot and mouth cases (234 outpatients, 24 inpatients), then from May 9 to 22/ 5, this number has increased to 1,562 cases (1,427 outpatients, 135 inpatients), an increase of more than 6 times. Most of the children were admitted to the hospital with a fever for several days in a row, accompanied by red blisters on hands, feet, and even sores in the throat that interfered with eating.
Many parents worry about taking their children to the hospital for a checkup
The Department of Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital 2, Ho Chi Minh City is treating many children with hand, foot and mouth disease
Th.BS Nguyen Dinh Qui – Deputy Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital 2 said that the situation of hand, foot and mouth disease has increased a lot compared to the beginning of March-April 2022. Most of the diseases are at level 2A, and group 2B (severe) is small, so the most important thing is still to prevent and take care of children when they have hand, foot and mouth disease.
“For hand, foot and mouth disease, the initial symptom is a fever for 2-3 days, then blisters appear on the palms of the hands and feet and accompanied by mouth ulcers. Usually parents only pay attention to the blisters. in the palms of the hands and feet, but some children only have mouth ulcers, so parents need to pay more attention to avoid missing out and make the child’s condition worse.” BS. Qui said.
Th.BS Nguyen Dinh Qui said that the number of children suffering from hand, foot and mouth disease has increased dramatically in recent times
According to Dr. Qui, for hand, foot and mouth disease, 60-70% of children with the disease can be treated at home, these cases are applied when the baby only has erythema on the palms and feet but no fever. . If the child has a continuous high fever of 39-40 degrees with a lot of vomiting, a lot of jerks… then it is mandatory to be hospitalized for monitoring.
“Hand, foot and mouth disease is mostly related to hygiene, parents need to prevent their children by washing their hands, sometimes parents come into contact with children with hand, foot and mouth disease (hug, kiss) but forget to do the exercise at home. Hand washing practices that have taken care of your child can cause the child to get sick.
The disease usually occurs in preschool children, under 5 years old, children 6-7 years old are usually mild. The younger the child, the more likely it is to get worse. BS Qui information.
Most children have hand, foot and mouth disease at a mild level
The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control said that the number of hand, foot and mouth disease cases has increased at an alarming rate in most districts. In which, District 8, Binh Tan, areas 2 and 3 of the city. Thu Duc, Binh Chanh, and Tan Phu have a higher number of cases than the average of 4 weeks ago.
To proactively prevent hand, foot and mouth disease, the HCDC recommends that caregivers and children wash their hands often with soap under running water several times a day. Practice good eating and drinking hygiene, cooked food and drink, eating utensils must be washed before use. Regularly clean daily contact surfaces and tools with soap or common cleaning agents.
Do not allow children to come into contact with sick or suspected sick people. When a child has signs of suspected illness, the child should be taken to the doctor. There is no vaccine for hand, foot and mouth disease. The main source of transmission of hand, foot and mouth disease is from the saliva, blisters and feces of sick children. The disease is common in preschool children because children have a habit of putting their hands in their mouths.
BS. Qui counseling and examination for children with hand, foot and mouth disease at Children’s Hospital 2
At Children’s Hospital 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Dr. Nguyen Dinh Qui – Deputy Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases said that every day receiving an average of 20-30 days of new cases of hand, foot and mouth disease. The number of pediatric inpatients in the ward is about 40 cases, most of which fall into the group of children with mild disease (2A), and group 2B is very few, only 1-2 cases, but the children have all passed the critical stage. dangerous.
One of the reasons for the strong outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in recent years, Dr. Qui said that after a period of time affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, the children were well cared for at home by their parents, after they Kindergarten goes back to school, just one child infected with hand, foot and mouth can infect other children.
At the same time, a few parents when caring for children often forget to wash their hands with soap, which also carries a potential risk of hand, foot and mouth disease.
Although hand, foot and mouth disease increased 3-4 times compared to the previous time, but according to the Department of Infectious Diseases, about 60-70% of children with mild hand, foot and mouth disease can be treated at home. Parents when caring for children need to pay attention to the signs of the child, need to be calm to handle, should not panic when they see the child’s limbs float many water bubbles (doesn’t mean the disease is severe – mild).
Signs of hand-foot-and-mouth disease such as blisters on the palms of the hands, feet, and mouth, especially a fever for 2-3 days
“If the child has a fever for 2-3 days, there are signs of hand, foot and mouth disease such as blisters, erythema, or the parents only suspect that the child has hand, foot and mouth disease, the child should be examined at a medical facility for treatment. appropriate treatment”Deputy Head of the Department of Information Infectious Diseases.
Having a small child with hand, foot and mouth disease being treated at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Ms. Chau said that the baby initially had symptoms of fever, then vomited, could not eat, had a fever for 2 days and had mouth sores, so the family rushed to take the child. to the hospital for admission.
BS. Nguyen Dinh Qui gives advice to parents
“It was the first time that my baby got sick, so I was also worried, but I also learned about this pathology, just go to the hospital for peace of mind. After the disease, he became less active, he just liked to lie down, it was difficult to eat and drink. I don’t know why the baby got it anymore, probably going to kindergarten, so it’s contagious, but there are 4 other children in the family but none of them get it.” Ms. Tran Thi Minh Chau (Binh Thanh district) said.
There is also a child being treated at Children’s Hospital 2, Ms. Pham Thi Huong (Binh Phuoc) said that after the baby had symptoms of hand, foot and mouth, sleeping or startled, even though the family was treated at home, the baby did not recover. , went to the hospital to find out that the baby had hand, foot and mouth disease level 2 and had to be hospitalized for treatment.
Two children of Ms. Huong and Ms. Chau are being treated at Children’s Hospital 2, Ho Chi Minh City, after many days of treatment at home, they did not recover.
“The baby is sick and refuses to eat, I’m also very worried, especially when he sleeps or wakes up at night. The doctor said his hospitalization frequency is too much, so he has to stay here. The baby has been sick for the 3rd day, I don’t either. know when it will heal again.” Ms. Huong said.
Hand, foot and mouth disease spiked, the Infectious Diseases doctor showed how to treat and monitor the child’s condition
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