Hand, foot and mouth disease
What is it?
It may sound like something a cow gets, but this mild infection affects children. It causes a fever, and blisters in the mouth, and on the hands and feet. The blisters usually disappear within a few days. It is most common in summer.

What to do

There’s no cure for hand, foot and mouth, so relieve symptoms as best you can. Calamine lotion can relieve irritation and help dry out the blisters. The mouth ulcers can make it painful to eat, so offer cool yoghurt or icecream. If necessary, give paracetamol to ease pain and fever.

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