Health Alert

October 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Handwashing-Words-In-Shape-Of-HandThere are many illnesses going around and we all know how our kids love to share! So, I’d like to share information about two illnesses that have been reported this week at RYRNS.  The best prevention for both of these illnesses is HANDWASHING – frequently and thoroughly.
1)  Hand, Foot and Mouth (HFM) Disease
One child at RYRNS has a suspected case of Hand, Foot and Mouth (HFM) Disease.  HFM causes painful sores in their mouth and a rash with blisters on their hands and feet.  It is most common in children under 10 and preschoolers tend to get the sickest.  The illness generally needs to run it’s course, but if your child is very irritable or is refusing to eat or drink due to the pain in the mouth, they need medical attention to treat the symptoms.  Risk of infection to adults is low, but if you have contact with hand, foot and mouth disease while you’re pregnant, please advise your maternity care provider – there is no clear evidence of risk of complications, but the infection can be passed to the baby if mom has symptoms shortly before or at the time of birth.
For more information on HFM Disease:
http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/skin/hfm.html
http://www.wpro.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs_10072012_HFMD/en/
2)  Pneumonia
There has also been a case of community acquired pneumonia (CAP) reported.  CAP can be caused by a variety of common viruses (like rhinovirus (the cold), and influenza) or bacteria.  Pneumonia itself is not contagious but the germs that cause it are.  Those germs are generally spread through contact with mucus from coughing and sneezing.  Symptoms include fever, coughing and possibly difficulty breathing and/or wheezing.  Seek medical attention if your child:
  • is having trouble breathing or is breathing abnormally fast
  • has a bluish or gray color to the fingernails or lips
  • has a fever of 102°F (38.9°C), or above 100.4°F (38°C) in infants under 6 months of age
More information about pneumonia can be found here:
Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions or concerns.  Hopefully I haven’t caused information overload – please let me know if I’m sharing too much (or too little) information.
Take care!
Rebecca VanderBurgh

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