Hand Foot & Mouth Disease
Warning to all parents/carers regarding Hand Foot & Mouth disease
We have recently had several confirmed cases of Hand Foot & Mouth Disease in school and in the nurseries. The disease is quite common, and frequently occurs in schools and nurseries. Symptoms can include:
- Rash or blisters on hands, fingers, soles and buttocks
- Lesions in the mouth and on the face
This mild virus can be spread through touch, as well as coughing and sneezing. To reduce the risk of a large outbreak, please encourage your child to maintain a good standard of hygiene, which includes frequent hand washing. If your child should become infected, please ensure that they are kept away from school whilst unwell. The incubation period is usually around three days, however children can return to school when they are feeling well enough. There is no specific treatment for the infection. Symptoms may be relieved by keeping your child cool, plenty of fluids and pain relief such as Calpol.