Specific Frequently Asked Questions for Daycare Providers
For general questions and answers about this disease, please see Frequently Asked Questions for Everyone.
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- How would I know if a child has molluscum contagiosum?
- What should I do if I think a child has molluscum?
- Can a child go to daycare or school if he/she has molluscum?
Only a healthcare professional can diagnose molluscum contagiosum because there are many other causes of growths on the skin, both infectious and non-infectious.
If you notice bumps on a child’s skin, it is reasonable to inform the child’s parents and to request a doctor’s note.
Molluscum contagiosum is not harmful and should not prevent a child from attending day care or school.
Bumps not covered by clothing should be covered with a watertight bandage. Change the bandage daily or when obviously soiled.
If a child with growths in the underwear/diaper area needs assistance going to the bathroom or needs diaper changes, then bumps in this area should be bandaged too if possible.
Covering the growths will protect other children and adults from getting molluscum and will also keep the child from touching and scratching the bumps, which could spread the bumps to other parts of his/her body or cause secondary (bacterial) infections.
Page last updated: January 13, 2011
Content Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP)