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Hand foot and mouth - what's the deal with other kids / playgroups etc?
3.5yr old DS1 and 20mthold DS2 have been diagnosed today with Hand foot and mouth. DS1 has had spots for about a few days (thought at first they were just bites as we'd been rolling around the garden!), DS2 spots came up yesterday and he now has ulcers on his tongue poor bub. How long do i need to keep them away from playgroups / other kids? Researching health sites has given differing advice - some say no need to keep them away at all, and others say up to 7 days! They don't have temps and I was due to look after a friends little boys on Wednesday as she is moving house!
When my kids had H,F&M - we were told to keep them away from school/playgroup until such time as the spots scab over and no longer look inflammed - bit like chicken pox really. Having said that I did later learn that the 'infectious' time is actually prior to the spots coming out so I really don't think it makes a lot of difference!