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Child caught HFMD? It could cost family $1,200

Average costs higher than that for other common infections: Survey

Published on May 6, 2014 8:27 AM
Ms Germaine Heng, 47, and her daughter Elizabeth Tai, six, washing their hands at MindChamps pre-school in Paragon. -- PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

A child catching hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) could set a family back by $1,200, according to a study released yesterday.

The outlay includes about $200 for medical bills, including consultation, tests and medicine, and around $1,000 for the opportunity cost of work when parents take days off to care for their children.

The average opportunity and medical costs for HFMD are higher than for other common childhood infections. Children with respiratory infections like colds, skin infections and diarrhoea set parents back about $900.

The survey - commissioned by soap brand Lifebuoy and modelled after methodology developed by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - polled 301 mothers in March.

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