My 3 year old got HFM about 6 weeks ago. It is highly contagious. Some Dr's write an excuse for the children to stay home, but others don't because it's almost impossible to prevent it from spreading to other children bc by the time it's diagnosed, the virus has already been passed (per my daughter's pediatrician). My daughter was diagnosed with HFM before she even had the symptoms. Her dr is really good. Her nails are lifting and peeling and I almost panicked until I found this forum. I did keep her home bc there's no guarantee that it'd already been passed and I didn't want another child dealing with this horrible virus. Plus it is spread to adults as well and if an adult contracts it the symptoms are worse. My suggestion would be to have the child stay home. The virus is most contagious for 3-7 days. Once symptoms are present, the dr gave her 3-5 days out of school.View Thread
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