Molluscum Contagiosum In Children And Daycare or School

Should your child be able to attend daycare or school if they have molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum in children is regarded as not harmful.

It should not prevent your child attending daycare or school.

It is reasonable to inform the school or daycare that your child has been diagnosed with it and the school or daycare may ask you to provide a doctor’s note.


How to avoid the spread in daycare or school 

1. Bumps not covered by clothing should be covered with a waterproof bandage.

2. Change the bandage daily or when obviously soiled.

3. Carefully dispose of all used bandages.

4. If a child has bumps in the underwear/diaper area and needs assistance going to the bathroom or needs diaper changes, then bumps in these areas should be bandaged too if possible.

5. Covering the molluscum bumps will protect other children and adults from catching it.

6. Covering the bumps will help your child from touching and scratching the bumps, which could spread them to other parts of the body or cause secondary, bacterial infections.

7. Remind children to wash their hands frequently.