Hand-foot-mouth Disease. When to take your affected children back in school?



What? 😳🙄😲

Highly contagious and spreads rampantly.

Usually seen in children less than 7 years age.

Younger the child, usually more is the severity.

Caused by a virus named Coxsackie.


Symptoms 🤒🤤😪🤧

Causes fever, sores inside the mouth and red, fluid filled blisters on hands, feet, buttocks and genitals.

Anyone drooling saliva suddenly in the class with fever, Beware.

Spreads by coughing, sneezing and touching the fluid from the sores.





Diagnosis 👩🏻‍⚕️✅👏🏻

Its a clinical diagnosis made by the paediatrician/family physician.

No tests to confirm/non-confirm it.

Recovers on its own.


Can return🚌 to 🏫school after fever has gone and blisters have started drying or turning black(usually 5-7 days)🗓

To do🚿🙌🤝

Parents/Teachers of affected children need to maintain proper hand hygiene while handling stools of infected children as the virus spreads through stools.

Prevention is all about proper hand and home hygiene.


☺️Rarely, spreads to adults and older children(So, teachers need not panic!!!)

Written by, Dr Vaishnavi Chandramohan.

Dr. Vaishnavi Chandramohan MD Pediatrics has done a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital, a 220 bedded tertiary care children's hospital in Chennai, south India and continues to work there. She has a special interest in Infectious diseases and the challenges that it brings. She also believes in holistic treatment of the child and not just the health condition, which includes preventive measures that she educates parents about.

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