Hand Foot and Mouth Disease hits Chelsea & Kensington Nurseries
Unfortunately Hand Foot and Mouth Disease is currently spreading around nurseries in the Chelsea & Kensington area. Read this guide on how to look out for and protect against the spread of this common, contagious illness.
Signs & Symptoms
From the time the child is exposed to hand, foot, and mouth disease, it takes 3 to 6 days for the first symptoms to show up. This is called the incubation period. It usually starts with a fever, sore throat, and runny nose—much like the common cold—but then a rash with tiny blisters may start to show up on the following body sites:
- inner cheeks
- sides of tongue
- top of the mouth
- palms of hands
- soles of feet
Note: One, few, or all of these body sites may have blisters.
Symptoms are the worst in the first few days but are usually completely gone within a week. Peeling of the fingers and toes after 1 to 2 weeks can happen, but it is harmless.
How long is it contagious
You are generally most contagious during the first week of illness. But, children with hand, foot, and mouth disease may shed the virus from the respiratory tract (nose, mouth and lungs) for 1-3 weeks and in the stool for weeks to months after the infection starts.
Be warned: parents and caregivers can also be infected with this disease, and the effects can be far worse.
How to stop it spreading
Hand Foot and Mouth disease is spread in coughs, sneezes and poo. You’re infectious from a few days before you have any symptoms, but you’re most likely to give it to others in the first five days after symptoms start.
To reduce the risk of spreading hand, foot and mouth disease:
- wash your hands often with warm water and soap (and tell your child to do it)
- use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
- bin used tissues as quickly as possible
- don’t share towels or household items (such as cups or cutlery)
- wash soiled bedding and clothing on a hot wash
If you or your child show symptoms of Hand Foot and Mouth disease stay off work, school or nursery