Hand, foot and mouth disease is an infection of infants and children with Coxackie A or Enterovirus 71 that usually occurs in the summer or early fall.

Children with this infection develop fever, headache, malaise, ulcers on the throat and cheeks and a non-itchy rash followed by small ulcers which may be painful on the palms, soles, and around the anus. The child may also experience vomiting or diarrhea and loss of appetite.

Treatment involves pain management, avoiding dehydration - especially if the child refuses to drink because of pain. If you are concerned, seek medical attention promptly.