Every April day, the temperature rises and the weather becomes muggy, and the “hand, foot and mouth disease” that worries parents the most and makes children suffer is back! According to data released by the National Health Commission, the number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease nationwide reached 28,000 in March, and 2018 is expected to be the peak year. According to the analysis of relevant experts of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in recent years, the incidence of hand, foot and mouth disease reported nationwide has been characterized by high incidence in alternate years. The incidence group is mainly concentrated in children aged 5 and below, and the deaths are mainly concentrated in children aged 3 and below, so it is urgent to further strengthen the prevention and control of hand, foot and mouth disease and effectively protect the health of children.

In addition to hand, foot and mouth disease, spring is also a frequent period for children’s diseases such as influenza, allergic cough, and measles. Children themselves have low resistance and cannot express clearly and accurately when they are sick, so protecting children’s health naturally becomes the primary responsibility of parents.

But in fact, novice parents often lack basic children’s health care knowledge, and when their children are unwell, they are in a hurry or even blindly seek medical treatment. At the same time, it also increases the burden of medical resources for children, which is already in short supply, and the problem of “difficulty for children to see a doctor” is becoming more serious.

In view of the above social pain points, in order to solve parents’ personal worries, on April 18, the Sangong Doll Aiko Youfang Public Welfare Platform specially invited Professor Li Zengqing, chief physician of the Department of Pediatrics of Guangdong Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital, to launch this year’s first “How to Be a Good Child ‘First Doctor’ Parenting Public Welfare Lecture” at Qianjin Kindergarten in Tianhe District, Guangzhou.

Professor Li Zengqing especially explained the causes, typical symptoms and transmission routes of hand, foot and mouth disease, and also gave parents advice on how to take preventive measures. At the same time, focusing on the common incidence of children in spring, he also introduced to parents the knowledge of scientific identification of common diseases, emergency treatment and safe drug use, etc., to help parents jointly build a protective wall for children’s health.

According to the prevention and control information of HFMD released by the National Health Commission, HFMD is mainly transmitted through contact with nasopharyngeal secretions, saliva, herpes fluid, feces, and contact with contaminated toys, feeding bottles, tableware and other items or the environment. Good personal and environmental hygiene is an important means of preventing HFMD, as follows: (1) wash hands before eating, after using the toilet, after handling vomit or changing diapers; (2) Do not share towels or personal items with others; (3) Frequently clean and disinfect the surfaces of frequently touched items, such as furniture, toys, etc.; (4) Avoid close contact with patients with hand, foot and mouth disease, such as kissing and hugging; (5) To prevent transmission of the virus to others, sick children should be isolated at home until one week after recovery.

The EV71 vaccine independently developed and marketed in China can effectively prevent the morbidity, severe disease and death of EV71-related hand, foot and mouth disease, and has no cross-protection against other enteroviruses such as CV-A16. It is recommended that children who are of appropriate age for EV71 vaccination are 6 months to 5 years old, and younger children should complete the 2-dose vaccination schedule before 12 months of age.

Professor Li Zengqing also shared the WeChat mini program of the “Three Doll Children’s Health Pre-diagnosis Guide” on the spot, and led everyone to use the “Guide” to learn how to pre-diagnose nine common children’s diseases such as cough, fever and diarrhea, master simple and practical health prevention methods, and avoid parenting minefields.

In 2018, Sangongdoll fully launched the “Be a Children’s ‘First Doctor'” public welfare initiative, and helped parents easily grasp the common sense of children’s common disease pre-diagnosis by releasing China’s first authoritative version of the “Sangongdoll Children’s Health Pre-diagnosis Guide”, which is easy to understand and survive. “In the next few months, we will also carry out similar offline public welfare activities in hundreds of kindergartens across the country to help more parents and improve the overall childcare and medical care capacity of Chinese parents.” The relevant person in charge of the three dolls revealed.

【Reporter】Yan Huifang

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