Hand, foot, and mouth disease common in kids under 5

WISCONSIN (WKBT) –It’s natural for your kids to be curious, but a rash commonly found on babies can be caused by their curiosity.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is typically spread through respiratory droplets and person-to-person contact.

People of any age can get it, but kids catch the virus more easily due to their urge to touch household objects.

“It can also be spread through fomites,” said Nipunie Rajapakse, a physician specializing in pediatric infectious diseases. “So touching something that an infected person has touched before. For that reason, we do see that it spreads pretty easily, especially in places where there’s a lot of young children.”

If your child is infected with the illness, keep them hydrated and treat discomfort with over-the-counter medications like Ibuprofen.

Take your kids to their doctor if symptoms get worse.