It has been brought to our attention that there is some concern about hand foot and mouth at Oakmeadow. 

We would like to share the following information to reassure you:

  • Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common infection that causes mouth ulcers and spots on the hands and feet.
  • It’s most common in young children – particularly those under 10 – but can affect older children and adults as well.
  • Hand, foot and mouth disease can be unpleasant, but it will usually clear up by itself within 7 to 10 days. You can normally look after yourself or your child at home.
  • The infection is not related to foot and mouth disease, which affects cattle, sheep and pigs.

This has been taken from:

This is also information provided on the NHS website:

Preventing hand, foot and mouth disease

  • Stay off work, school or nursery until you or your child are feeling better – there’s usually no need to wait until the last blister has healed, provided you’re otherwise well.
  • Use tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and put used tissues in a bin as soon as possible.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – particularly after going to the toilet, coughing, sneezing or handling nappies, and before preparing food.
  • Avoid sharing cups, utensils, towels and clothes with people who are infected.
  • Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated – it’s best to use a bleach-based household cleaner.
  • Wash any bedding or clothing that could have become contaminated separately on a hot wash.

So if you feel your child is showing any symptoms please contact your GP and inform the school.


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