What is ‘slapped cheek disease’ and should parents be concerned? – CTV

May 24, 2024

Also known as “slapped cheek disease” for the red rash it can cause on children’s faces, fifth disease is a common viral infection that affects the skin, airway and joints. Despite its rough nickname, experts say symptoms are usually mild and not a cause for concern.

“This disease is a very common illness in childhood,” pediatrician Dr. Dina Kulik from Kidcrew Medical in Toronto told CP24. “Most kids that get it will have very mild symptoms, sometimes fever or sore throat or runny nose, but the hallmark of it is a red rash on the cheeks that often looks like they were slapped.”

Based on information from the Canadian Paediatric Society, Public Health Agency of Canada, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(opens in a new tab), here’s what you need to know about fifth disease.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/what-is-slapped-cheek-disease-and-should-parents-be-concerned-1.6898664

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