The Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) are looking for comment on a series of posters and information sheets to accompany the latest edition of “Staying Healthy-Preventing Infectious Diseases in early childhood education and care services.” You can find them here.
The posters and information sheets are great and Australians are so privileged to have something like this prepared from them. I did however have one comment on the “Exclusion Periods” table.
Quite rightly, the table advises that for skin infections such as Impetigo and Herpes Simplex, the affected areas should be covered with a watertight dressing or advise exclusion if that cannot occur. However, for Molluscum Contagiosum infections, there are no instructions on placing some form of barrier over the “crops” of Molluscum.
I have an issue with this, because Molluscum Contagiosum is contagious (hence its name!) and it is thought to be passed on from direct contact with someone infected or indirectly from coming into contact with toys and play equipment. Although it seems that researchers are not 100% sure how this occurs, I doubt I’d be the only Health Care Professional and Parent concerned about the spreading of Molluscum in children mixing with children with exposed skin lesions.
I submitted my sentiments online to the NHMRC and hope that they take this into consideration. However, the 5th Edition of the book has already been released, so if they do amend the “Exclusions Periods” table then they will also have to amend the text.
Here is my most recent post on Molluscum Contagiosum: “Should I cover up Molluscum Contagiosum Spots?”
More on Molluscum Contagiosum Spread, Symptoms and Treatment coming soon. Meanwhile, here is an article I once wrote on it: http://childhood101.com/2011/11/kids-health-molluscum-contagiosum/
You can find the image above and the whole 5th Edition of Staying Healthy here: http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/publications/ch55