When Is an Illness Contagious?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.germs, hand washing, viral illness, contagious illness, day care, sick kids in day care, spreading germs in day care, spreading germs, when is a child contagious, when are viral illnesses contagious, sick kids, sick child10/09/200311/14/201911/14/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD11/11/201958e3abcb-34b0-4be4-a9da-a8a0756e7a23https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/contagious-illnesses.html/<p><em>How do you know when a child's illness is in the contagious stage? I run a daycare and would like to take the right precautions at the right time when kids get sick.</em><br /> <em>&ndash; Yvette</em></p> <p>Most viral illnesses are contagious before a person has any symptoms. So an infected child can spread a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">virus</a>&nbsp;before feeling sick. This makes it almost impossible to stop the spread of infections.</p> <p>Some childhood rashes &mdash; such as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hfm.html/">hand, foot, and mouth disease</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/chicken-pox.html/">chickenpox</a>, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fungal-ringworm.html/">ringworm</a> &mdash; spread through skin-to-skin contact. So kids with a rash should avoid contact with others until the spots crust over.</p> <p>The best way to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fighting-germs.html/">fight germs</a> and keep them from spreading is to make sure that kids (and adults!) <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">wash their hands</a> well and often, especially:</p> <ul> <li>after playing outside</li> <li>before eating</li> <li>after going to the bathroom</li> <li>after coughing or sneezing</li> </ul> <p>Also, teach the kids in your daycare to cover their coughs and sneezes. If they don't have a tissue handy, they should cough or sneeze into an elbow, not their hands.</p> <p><img class="center" title="A child coughing or sneezing into an albow, not their hands, as explained in the article" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/cough-415x233-rd7-enIL.gif" alt="A child coughing or sneezing into an albow, not their hands, as explained in the article" /></p>¿Cuándo es contagiosa una enfermedad?La mayoría de las enfermedades de origen viral se pueden contagiar antes de que la persona presente ningún síntoma.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/contagious-illnesses-esp.html/ccfb49d6-2f85-488c-9595-49b295f69394
DiarrheaMost kids battle diarrhea from time to time, so it's important to know what to do to relieve and even prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/38efbf41-ac94-4d02-be5d-365f9b03cc12
Fighting GermsBacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa can cause disease. Here's how to help protect your family from germs.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fighting-germs.html/f4d84095-0a25-4fc2-a595-13b9248334c0
Germs: Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, and ProtozoaGerms are tiny organisms that can cause disease - and they're so small that they can creep into your system without you noticing. Find out how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/care-about-germs.html/59b8feef-766a-4272-ac83-38140b1d176a
Hand Washing: Why It's So ImportantWashing your hands well and often is the best way to keep from getting sick. Here's how to teach this all-important habit to your kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/1751c1fa-461c-4b39-9003-a19c00f8549d
How Long Is Mono Contagious?If someone gets mono, the virus stays in that person's body for life. The virus may surface from time to time and possibly infect someone else. Here are the facts on how mono works.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/mono-long.html/185a8a2f-2dc0-48ee-a723-249d572670c0
What Are Germs?You know they can hurt you, but what are these invisible creatures? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/germs.html/cd877075-9d39-4c9a-b4f8-d67cb341050f
What's the Difference Between Infectious and Contagious?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contagious.html/791c13a5-95e6-48cc-b05a-8b775ac3244b
Why Do I Need to Wash My Hands?Washing your hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading. Learn all about the best way to wash your hands in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/wash-hands.html/ae19eff8-ac7c-44be-bd9f-b2efe6953f6d
Your Child's ImmunizationsImmunizations protect kids from many dangerous diseases. Find out what vaccines your child needs to grow up healthy.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vaccine.html/b06a1e85-c797-4b31-bd74-814841e4cb8b
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