It’s also known as Fifth Disease, and apparently we’ve got it. By “we” I guess I mean little Ree. She looked odd to me yesterday morning, and by afternoon was starting to have red cheeks that I kept an eye on. At dinner that evening I kept pointing out her cheeks to TubaDad, and he said she probably had a sunburn. Ha! Not on my watch.
Anyhow, I remembered hearing something about Slapped Cheeks once and Googled it so I had all the info, then when Ree woke up this morning I knew for sure. A quick call to the pediatrician’s office, and they confirmed the “Mama and Dr Google” diagnosis and said we don’t need to come in to the office, just keep an eye on things. Here’s the scoop and a few pictures so you know what it is if your kiddos get it:
- Slapped Cheek Disease (or Fifth Disease) generally occurs in children between 4-10 years old. Most adults have already been exposed and are generally immune (but if you’re pregnant or have a compromised immune system, you should alert your doctor that someone in your family has it).
- One to two weeks after being infected with the virus, the child develops a low-grade fever, a week later the child gets a bright red rash on the cheeks, then about 3-4 days later the child might develop a red lacey rash on the rest of the body. The rash can last 5-7 days and sometimes comes back and goes away for up to three weeks.
- It’s contagious up until the red cheeks/rash show up (so Ro has already been exposed and might get it, ugh, what else is new in twinland?)
- It’s mild and harmless in most cases. Any low fevers or achiness (Ree has neither, actually it doesn’t seem to be bothering her at all) can be treated with acetaminophen.
Here’s what it looked like today. See what I mean about there being no question?:
And here’s a shot of the two girls together so you can see what her face normally looks like:
Can’t resist mentioning the cute little PJs, even though this is really a post about a lame disease. Heh. They’re on sale at Carter’s and Kohl’s right now:
Hope this helps! If your sweetie turns up with oddly red cheeks, ask your pediatrician about Slapped Cheek Disease and don’t freak out.