Case of Slapped Cheek Syndrome in the Cuddly Cubs

Slapped Cheek Syndrome

What is it?
Slapped cheek syndrome is also known as Fifth disease.

How do I know if someone has it?

The first symptom is fever, which lasts for 2 or 3 days until the rash appears. Children with slapped cheek symptom are often quite well, apart from a red rash on the cheeks, looking as though they have been slapped. This is followed by a lace-like rash on the body and limbs.

Is it infectious?

Yes. The infectious period is from 7 days before the rash appears.

What is the incubation period?

It’s very difficult to prevent slapped cheek syndrome, because people who have the infection are most contagious before they develop any obvious symptoms.

However, making sure that everyone in your household washes their hands frequently may help stop the infection from spreading.

What should I do if someone has the illness?

Slapped cheek syndrome is usually mild and should clear up without specific treatment.

If you or your child is feeling unwell consult your doctor.

Period the child should be kept away from nursery – None once the rash has developed
However, so as to minimise the further spread of infection at nursery and the overall amount of time children spend away, we may decide to exclude children, if more cases are diagnosed. The manager on duty will make this decision.

• Slapped cheek disease (parvovirus B19) can occasionally affect an unborn child. If exposed early in pregnancy (before 20 weeks), inform whoever is giving antenatal care as this must be investigated promptly.

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