If your child shows any symptoms of the following conditions, please contact your Director immediately.
Coxsackie Viral Infection (Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease)
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is common in children under 5 years old, but anyone can get it. The illness is usually not serious, but it is very contagious and spreads quickly in child care facilities.
Symptoms include fever, mouth sores, and skin rash. The rash is commonly found on the hands and feet. Most children have mild symptoms for 7 to 10 days.
Fever and flu-like symptoms
Children often get a fever and other flu-like symptoms 3 to 5 days after they catch the virus. Symptoms can include:
- Eating or drinking less
- Sore throat
- Feeling unwell
Child can get painful mouth sores. These sores usually start as small red spots, often on the tongue and insides of the mouth, that blister and can become painful.
Signs that swallowing might be painful for your child:
- Not eating or drinking
- Drooling more than usual
- Only wanting to drink cold fluids
Child can get a skin rash on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. It can also show up on the buttocks, legs, and arms.
The rash usually is not itchy and looks like flat or slightly raised red spots, sometimes with blisters that have an area of redness at their base. Fluid in the blister and the resulting scab that forms as the blister heals can contain the virus that causes hand, foot, and mouth disease.
Keep blisters clean and avoid touching them.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
The most common causes of conjunctivitis are viruses, bacteria or allergens. It often improves in 2 to 5 days without treatment but can take 2 weeks to go away completely.
Symptoms of pink eye can vary but typically include:
- Pink or red color in the white of the eye(s)
- Swelling of the conjunctiva (the thin layer that lines the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelid) and/or eyelids
- Increased tear production
- Feeling like a foreign body is in the eye(s) or an urge to rub the eye(s)
- Itching, irritation, and/or burning
- Discharge (pus or mucus)
- Crusting of eyelids or lashes, especially in the morning
Impetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin that is most common in young children. It is most common in children 2 through 5 years old.
Impetigo starts as a red, itchy sore. As it heals, a crusty, yellow or honey-colored scab forms over the sore. It usually takes 10 days for sores to appear after exposure.
- Red, itchy sores that break open and leak a clear fluid or pus for a few days
- Next, a crusty yellow or “honey-colored” scab forms over the sore, which then heals without leaving a scar