Notes from the Nurse

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease(HFM)

Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFM) is a common viral infection that causes painful red blisters in the mouth and throat, and on the hands, feet, and diaper area. Very young kids might not be able to communicate that they have a sore throat, but if a child stops eating or drinking, or wants to eat or drink less often, it's a sign that something is wrong. Children may have a fever, muscle aches, or other flu-like symptoms, become irritable or sleep more than usual, begin drooling (due to painful swallowing), and only want to drink cold fluids. Children with HFM are at risk for becoming dehydrated.

We have been noticing more cases in the school and in the community.

If you suspect your child may have Hand, Foot ,and Mouth Disease(HFM), to prevent the spread, please keep kids home from school and childcare while they have a fever or open blisters on the skin and in the mouth. Please consult with your child’s healthcare provider for ways to care for a child with this virus. Students need to be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to school or daycare.