Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common childhood virus that pediatricians, child care centers and preschools see in summer and early fall.

Despite its scary name, hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common, contagious illness caused by different viruses. It typically affects infants and children under age 5, but older kids and adults can catch it as well. Avoid dehydration: Children with hand, foot, and mouth disease need to drink plenty of fluids. Call your pediatrician now or go to the ER if you suspect your child is dehydrated.

Returning to School 

  - Tell your child’s school that they have HFMD. It’s important for school staff to know so they can watch for symptoms.

  - Keep your child home from school until they have gone 24 hours without a fever with no fever reducing medication.

  - Have no uncontrolled drooling with mouth sores. If widespread blisters then return to school after they have dried up.

  - Feel well enough to eat/drink and participate in classroom activities.