Slapped Cheek Disease – what is it?
This is a viral infection affecting young or school aged children.
The rash may have a ‘lacy’ appearance and be itchy.
Time from exposure to illness (incubation period): 4–14 days.
Treatment at home
Children affected are most infectious during the incubation period and when they show the first symptoms. Keep them at home while they are unwell to reduce the spread of the infection. They are no longer infectious once the rash has appeared.
Note: Pregnant women who have been in contact with a child who has the illness should see their doctor immediately. So should children who have a blood disorder like leukaemia.
Chapter 4 Your Child's Health