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A new virus in children that you need to know about

A new virus in children that you need to know about
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Having become common in the past year or so, hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a contagious illness that affects young children in particular, although adults can also contract the virus. So what are the causes and the symptoms of this illness? And how can you protect your children? 

The causes of hand-foot-and-mouth disease

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is an infectious childhood illness that is generally benign. It can be caused by several types of enteroviruses active in the gastrointestinal system, notably the Coxsackie A virus.
Being contagious, this illness mainly affects children from 6 months to 4 years old between Spring and Autumn (March to December). It is transmitted from one person to the other by both direct and indirect contact: the hands, food, objects, body fluids, etc.

What are the symptoms of this virus?

The incubation period of this virus varies from 3 to 6 days from when the first symptoms appear. The symptoms are:

  • small blisters that form on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet
  • mild fever
  • abdominal pains
  • sore throat
  • loss of appetite
  • more rarely: mouth ulcers

What is the treatment for this virus?

The blisters generally disappear after 4 to 7 days. 

To protect yourself and your children against this highly contagious illness, ensure impeccable hygiene. Wash your hands before eating, after going to the toilet or after being outside the house. Additionally, this will help you limit the risks of contamination.

Relieve the pain and use paracetamol to reduce fever.

For internal ulcers and blisters, apply honey to them and get your child to eat a spoon of honey or add it to their bottle. Honey has antiseptic properties.

Ravintsara essential oil: an antiviral

This essential oil can be used for children and babies over 1 month old, by applying it to their skin. It will not irritate their skin.

This oil has exceptional antiviral properties. It fights against the virus and strengthens the immune system, but can also serve as a pain reliever.

Apply 2 drops of Ravintsara essential oil to the lower back, the feet and hands 2 to 3 times a day all throughout the infection.

Sources: Santé Web, Astuces Naturelles, Oleassence