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.
|DISEASE||INCUBATION PERIOD (DAYS)||CONTAGIOUS PERIOD|
|Chicken Pox||14-16||2 days before rash until all sores have crusts|
|Fifth Disease||10-14||7 days before rash until rash begins|
|Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease||3-6||Onset of mouth ulcers until fever is gone|
|Impetigo||2-5||Onset of sores until 1 day on antibiotic|
|Lice||7||Onset of itch until 1 treatment|
|Colds||2-5||Onset of runny nose until fever is gone|
|Flu||1-2||Onset of cough until fever is gone|
|Sore/Strep Throat||2-5||Onset of sore throat until 1 day on antibiotic|
|Meningitis||2-10||7 days before symptoms until 1 day on antibiotics in hospital|
|Pinkeye with Pus||2-7||Onset of pus until 1 day on antibiotic eyedrops|
Adapted from Pediatric Telephone Protocols. Copyright 1998. Barton D. Schmitt, MD.