Saturday, 5 January 2013

Health : Looking at slapped cheek

There are many cases of slapped cheek at the moment, yet many people are unaware of what it is


Not many people have heard of the condition of Slapped Cheek. I had never heard of it until I started working in Child care and had never suffered it myself. Slapped cheek is often quite shocking to a parent when it emerges as the rash which accompanies it is sometimes very red and
striking. It often starts with a cold and can generally be a mild illness. Temperatures can be raised with some children a few days before the rash arrives.



Slapped cheek is also known as fifth disease and is spread through the air from coughs and sneezes. pregnant women should try and avoid any contact with the virus as it can harm their unborn child.

Once the rash appears, the infection is usually no longer contagious. The child can actually be contagious from 14 days before the rash even arrives!! This means it can be quite difficult to diagnose where the symptoms are so like a common cold. Some children may not even have any symptoms other than the rash, which doesn't always stay on the face either.....it can be seen on the stomach, arms and legs too and can even fluctuate in redness when a child has been outside in the fresh air or come out of a warm bath.

In terms of treating this infection, there is often no need for medicines, although often ibuprofen or calpol can be used to reduce the symptoms of the cold part of it.

You can read more about this infection at :

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/slapped-cheek-syndrome/Pages/Introduction.aspx

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2209290/Grieving-mother-warns-pregnant-women-dangers-slapped-cheek-syndrome-losing-baby-days-old.html

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1617/slapped-cheek-disease

http://www.bupa.co.uk/individuals/health-information/directory/f/fifth-disease


Many thanks to Jen for the use of the photograph

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