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Incubation time of the most common childhood infectious diseases

Incubation time of the most common childhood infectious diseases


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Incubation time of a disease, surely you have heard this concept many times, but what exactly is it?

The incubation period is the time that elapses between exposure to a microorganism and the appearance of symptoms derived from said exposure. This is precisely what we deal with on our site, where we suggest you have this useful handy Table of the incubation time of the most frequent infectious childhood diseases.

Depending on the type of infection, the incubation period can be highly variable (from hours to years). Next we expose the incubation time and contagiousness of some of the most frequent childhood diseases. A very useful table to take extreme precautions and prevent the sick child's siblings or other relatives from getting infected.

Disease incubation table
InfectionIncubation timeContagiousness
Acute gastroenteritis12 - 48 hoursUntil the normalization of the intestinal habit
Catarrh of highways12 - 72 hoursUntil it takes about a week of evolution
Acute conjunctivitis1 - 3 daysUntil the milky secretions disappear
Flu23 daysUp to 24 hours after the fever is gone
Bacterial tonsillitis25 daysUp to 24 hours after starting antibiotics
Bacterial meningitis12 - 6 daysOne week after starting antibiotic treatment
Gingivostomatitis3 - 6 daysUntil the lesions are covered by a scab
Hand-foot-mouth syndrome4 - 6 daysUntil the process takes 7 days of evolution
Impetigo5 - 7 daysUntil the scabs fall off
Sudden rash5 - 15 daysUp to 7 days after the rash started
Whooping cough7 - 20 daysUp to 48 hours after starting antibiotic treatment
Measles9 - 12 daysUp to 5 days after the rash started
Chickenpox10 - 21 daysUntil all the lesions are covered by scabs
Rubella14 - 21 daysUp to 7 days after the rash started
Parotitis14 - 21 daysUntil the process takes 7 days of evolution
Molluscum contagiosum2 - 7 weeksWhenever there is a skin lesion
Pediculosis4 - 6 weeksUntil the treatment is completed
Sama4 - 6 weeksUntil the treatment is completed
Hepatitis A4 - 8 weeks15 - 30 days after the onset of jaundice
Infectious mononucleosis4 - 8 weeks1 - 2 months after onset of fever
Pinworms (earthworms)4 - 8 weeksUntil treatment is completed (2 doses 2 weeks apart)
AIDS4 - 60 monthsThroughout the disease process

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