HFMD on the rise! – Tips to keep your children protected

August 12, 2018

    Hand Foot Mouth Disease, or short HFMD, had been in our national news more and more often lately.

    As children below 10 years old are more vulnerable to such an outbreak, we had come out with PSA to help you better protect your children in public especially in public transport.

    Here are the steps we recommend to help stop further outbreak and protect your loved one:-

    Search online or from news about any potential outbreak at your destination before you travel

    Any outbreak in public places, such as shopping malls and schools will be reported by national and local news outlets. Be sure to check it out before you heading to your destination.

    Teach your children the importance of personal hygiene.

    HFMD is a highly contagious virus, hence is it best that your child personal hygiene is well kept even when they are out at their school without your supervision. Teach your children the Health Ministry recommended 7 step hand washing guide, and it is also recommended you provide them with portable hand sanitiser.

    Health Ministry’s recommended 7 steps hand washing guide – Click for enlarged view

    Voice your concern with your children school’s Teachers-Parents Association

    In many cases, your children school’s management team would already been alerted about any potential outbreak by Health Ministry and Education Ministry. But just in case, you can voice your concern to the Teachers-Parents association of your children’s school.

    Watch out for symptoms of HFMD

    Finally, always observe if your child develops any of the symptoms of HFMD. Symptom includes fever, sore throat, blister-like lesions on the tongue, gums and inside of the cheeks, rashes without itching but sometimes with blistering on the palms, soles and sometimes the buttocks, and other symptoms. Contact your doctors and nearest hospital immediately if your child develops the abovementioned symptoms.


    Together we can help stop HFMD. 

    For more information on HFMD, please visit the Ministry of Health’s guidelines on HFMD.


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