Preschool Gives You Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease
We told you preschool makes kids sick! A preschool had to close the other day because the child-inmates there are contracting Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease!
According to the Center for Disease Control:
"Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is ... characterized by fever, sores in the mouth, and a rash with blisters. HFMD begins with a mild fever, poor appetite, malaise ('feeling sick'), and frequently a sore throat. One or 2 days after the fever begins, painful sores develop in the mouth. ...The skin rash develops over 1 to 2 days with flat or raised red spots, some with blisters. "
That description is pretty icky, but if you really want to lose your cookies get a load of this...
"HMFD outbreaks in child care facilities occur most often in the summer and fall months... CDC has no specific recommendations regarding the exclusion of children with HFMD from child care programs, schools, or other group settings. ... Exclusion of ill persons may not prevent additional cases since the virus may be excreted for weeks after the symptoms have disappeared. ...Some benefit may be gained, however, by excluding children who have blisters in their mouths and drool or who have weeping lesions on their hands. "
The CDC goes on to warn...
If an outbreak occurs in the child care setting:
- Make sure that all children and adults use good handwashing technique, especially after diaper changes.
- Thoroughly wash and disinfect contaminated items and surfaces using diluted solution of chlorine-containing bleach.
Better yet, Tykes On Trikes recommends that all children be required to wear HAZMAT suits to preschool for their own protection.