If a baby has hand, foot & mouth disease, how likely is it to return once the sores have cleared up?

Hand,Foot & Mouth. Hand foot mouth disease (hfmd) is a viral infection of children caused by coxsackie virus a-16, a type of enterovirus. Individual cases and outbreaks of hfmd occur worldwide. Recurrence of hfmd is very rare.
Depends. There are at least 2 strains of enterovirus that can produce the HFM pattern illness. Each strain will induce immunity to that strain after illness.That said, since there is more than one strain, you could have a separate illness with both strains.The same strain would not pass back and forth several times like a strep throat might.

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Is it possible for a child to be wrongly diagnosed with hand-foot-mouth disease?

Yes. There is a lot of variability of symptoms. One has to be careful in making the diagnosis as there are many conditions that simulate hand-foot-mouth disease. Read more...

How young can a child be, for getting coxsackie hand-foot-mouth disease?

Infants. Maternal antibodies likely protect newborns for the first 2-3 months if the mother had the hfm strains in her lifetime, but unprotected newborns may be susceptible to these human only strains. They may not rash out like older kids. I have seen hfm in kids as early as 6m. Read more...
Birth. If the mother of the infant is not immune to the varient that the infant is exposed to then the infant has no immunity and is at risk of the disease. Currently there is an unusual variant of the disease in the us and most people are at risk. Read more...

How likely would it be for me to catch the hand-foot-mouth disease from a 4 year old?

Depends. Usually this infection is only contagious to children ten years and younger but you could be infected if you have not been around the disease and developed immunity. Read more...

How can I tell if my 7mo old child has hand foot mouth disease; there have been 3 cases in his class?

Ulcers. Caused by a virus, ulcers in the mouth are a good clue.Occasionally blisters on the hands and feet, but not always. Other sx may include fever, diarrhea, sore throat, and congestion. A good physical exam by the pediatrician can make this diagnosis. Remember that antibiotics do not cure this infection. Read more...
Very infectious. Tender vesicles in mouth, tongue, back of hand, some have rash on feet. This is a viral condition. Read more...
Oral ulcers,skin ras. He may get ulcerative lesions in the mouth that are painful and small vesicular lesions one the fingers, plams , toes and soles of the feet. There is usally a 3-6 day incubation period from exposure till lesions appear. Read more...

Are child care centers suppose to send out notices if children are sent home with hand, foot & mouth disease?

I don't know what . The official laws are, but i would definitely think so. It is contagious and i would think any contagious medical condition parents should be made aware of. Read more...