Cause/Symptoms: Bacteria. Infection of the skin caused by Streptococcus or Staphylococcus bacteria; can follow a scrape or insect bite. It usually appears on the face or exposed skin as a rash with a cluster of red bumps or blisters, which may ooze or form a honey-coloured crust.
Transmission: Person to person by direct and indirect contact with fluid from blisters. It is very contagious and should be treated at once.
Commonly 1 to 10 days.
Period of Communicability: From onset of rash until 24 hours of treatment with oral or topical antibiotics.
In order for your child to return to daycare, you must meet all of the following:
~ 48 hours after the initiation of antibiotic treatment
~ All open sores have scabbed over (including the ones hidden under clothing and diapers)
~ There is no puss or fluids
~ your child is eating and drinking normally
~ your child can participate in all daycare activities
You must send medical gloves (lg size) for the provider to wear until all the scores are gone.