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Fifth Disease

Kiddie Wellness: Fifth Disease

Spring brings about a new set of cooties and concerns for parents of preschoolers. In addition to tree and pollen allergies, mamas need to be on the lookout for Fifth disease. A contagious virus, Fifth disease typically takes its form as a rash on a child's face – often referred to as a "slapped-cheek" rash – as well as a lacy-looking rash on the body's trunk and limbs accompanied by a low-grade fever.

According to A.D.A.M.:

Fifth disease is caused by human parvovirus B19. It often affects preschoolers or school-age children during the Spring. The disease is spread by contact with respiratory secretions and usually return for 5 days. However, the rash associated with fifth disease may return for several weeks. Return of the rash may be brought on by sunlight, heat, exercise, fever, or emotional stress.

Unfortunately, the virus is considered contagious before the rash appears, so most parents are unaware that their child is sick at that point, and continue to send their lil ones to school. While the virus does not require any treatment other than a fever reducer, it is important that pregnant women who come in contact with it contact their doctors immediately as it can have a negative affect on unborn children.

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lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
we did several rounds with this, aka hand-foot-mouth. my youngest got this more times than i can remember, but the middle child never had it. the web pattern can scar you need to use a sunscreen on their checks. i believe i read up to 2 years out, and with number 3 i noticed another faint web pattern last week with the warm weather, and it's been over a year since the last time she had it.
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