It's the outbreak of blisters that every parents dreads - hand, foot and mouth disease.
Parents across the Shoalhaven region have reported their little ones have been struck down with the virus in recent days.
While it's not a notifiable disease under the Public Health Act, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District provided the following information to help prevent, detect, treat and avoid the highly contagious virus.
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District encouraged parents to report the illness to the director of the childcare centre, or school principal, to prevent the spread of the illness.
For further information contact your local public health unit on 1300 066 055