HFMD in childcare centres and kindergartens: Updated on 10 Aug 2018

HFMD in childcare centres and kindergartens: Updated on 10 Aug 2018

10 August 2018 Update

MOH has released an update on the HFMD situation in Singapore childcare centres and kindergartens.

HFMD in Childcare Centres: 10 Aug 2018 Update

As of 10 Aug 2018, these are the childcare centres and kindergartens with more than 10 HFMD cases or an attack rate* greater than 13%, and a transmission period of more than 16 days (prolonged transmission).

Affected Childcare Centres:

  • Agape Little Uni @ Compassvale (Blk 293B #01 -53 Compassvale Crescent S(542293))
  • Skool4kidz Campus @ Sengkang (Riverside Blk 3 Anchorvale Crescent S(544618))
  • My First Skool at 2 Punggol Drive (Blk 2 Punggol Drive S(828803))
  • My First Skool @ Blk 55 Toa Payoh Lorong 5 (Blk 55 #01 -160 Lorong 5 Toa Payoh S(310055))
  • PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Queenstown (Blk 365 Blk 365 #01 -17 Queenstown Community Centre Commonwealth Avenue S(149732)
  • My First Skool @ 682B Edgedale Plains (Blk 682B #01 -739 Edgedale Plains S(822682))

Affected Kindergartens:

  • ST JAMES CHURCH KINDERGARTEN (HARDING) (Blk 29 Harding Road S(249537))
  • Little Tree House Westwood Pte Ltd (Blk 82 Westwood Crescent S(648782)

What to Do in Case of HFMD

Children with HFMD will have blister-like or pimple-like rash on their hands, feet and buttocks, mouth ulcers and fever. The child may also have a sore throat, runny nose, experience vomiting and diarrhoea, and may feel tired.

It is important to remember that HFMD is a viral infection, so there is no specific treatment, apart from intake of fluids and controlling the fever. Children usually recover within a week’s time. 

hfmd in childcare centres

Parents, here is what you need to remember:

  • Encourage fluid intake

The blisters in the mouth make eating and swallowing painful for the child, and kill his appetite. So it’s all the more important that the child takes as much oral fluids as possible, to prevent dehydration. 

Offer small amounts of fluid (about 10-30 ml each time) like diluted juices, rice or barley water every half hourly throughout the day. 

  • Bring your child to the Children’s Emergency if you notice

1. That the oral intake of fluids is poor, or the child is unable to swallow, or vomits persistently

2. When the tongue is dry, or when the child has decreased urine output (dehydration)

3. If the child appears lethargic, drowsy or irritable, is crying persistently, or is disorientated

4. When seizures occur

5. If there is difficulty in breathing

6. If the child looks ashen, pale or blue

7. If the child complains of acute headache or giddiness, or if there is neck stiffness

  • Stay away from school

HFMD is easily spread through direct contact with nose discharge, saliva, faeces and fluid from the blisters.

Hence, the infected child should not be allowed to go to school, childcare centres and other crowded places, until he has fully recovered and for at least ones week after the start of the illness.

  • Practise good general hygiene

Wash your hands immediately after contact with the infected child or handling diaper changes, and before handling food.

The virus can continue to be shed in stools up to 12 weeks in an infected child so practice good hand hygiene when changing diapers for the infected child.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away into a bin immediately.

Prevent other children in the house from sharing toys, books, eating utensils, towels, clothes and other personal items used by the infected child.

  • Pregnant women who get HFMD may experience miscarriage, stillbirth or even severe disease in the newborn.

Pregnant women should practise good hand hygiene by washing their hands after each contact with the infected child, and preferably wear a surgical mask when in close contact with the child.


Also READ: Mum says this is how her baby got HFMD

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