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My toddler started running a low fever 2 days ago and then started getting sores in his mouth the following day. today he has red spots on his hands and feet that itch really bad. could you please tell me what it is?

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Your toddler must be having a bout of viral infection and is known as Hand, foot and mouth disease. It is a self-limiting condition that normally settles within 7 days. To relieve the pain you can use paracetamol syp 5 ml twice a day after food for a week. The most common type of virus responsible for this condition is cox sackie virus A16 or Enterovirus 71.This condition is highly contagious for a week. Usually spreads after coughing or sneezing or inhalation. Hence proper hand washing is advised after using the toilets. This condition is usually seen in nurseries or child care centers. I would advise you to hydrate the child adequately and if the child develops fever then you start the antibiotics after consultation with the pediatrician.

Dr. John Monheit
Category: Family Physician-GP
Residecny: North Colorado Family Medicine
Medical School: The Chicago Medical Center
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