Incubation Period: Time between exposure to the infection and beginning of symptoms.
Contagious Period: Time when a child's illness could be caught by others. Ear infections, sinus infections, urinary tract infections and pneumonia are not contagious.
|INCUBATION PERIOD (DAYS)
|2 days before rash until all sores have crusts
|7 days before rash until rash begins
|Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
|Onset of mouth ulcers until fever is gone
|Onset of sores until 1 day on antibiotic
|Onset of itch until 1 treatment
|Onset of runny nose until fever is gone
|Onset of cough until fever is gone
|Onset of sore throat until 1 day on antibiotic
|7 days before symptoms until 1 day on antibiotics in hospital
|Pinkeye with Pus
|Onset of pus until 1 day on antibiotic eyedrops
Adapted from Pediatric Telephone Protocols. Copyright 1998. Barton D. Schmitt, MD.