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Fifth Disease

Also known as “slapped cheek disease” due to the rash that children get, Fifth disease is very common in childhood.

This condition is caused by a virus called human parvovirus B19 and causes flu-like symptoms, which range in severity from mild to moderate.

Symptoms


Impatience
Impulsiveness
Marked talkativeness
Frequent fidgeting
Difficulty controlling emotions
Interrupts constantly
Easily distracted
Can’t follow instructions
Does not complete tasks
Forgetful & loses focus
Runny nose
Cough
Watery eyes
Swollen glands
Sore throat
Headache
Stomach – Upset tummy
Vomiting
Wheezing
Swelling of the throat
Anaphylactic shock
Frequent coughing
Wheezing or whistling sound when exhaling
Tightness of the chest
Shortness of breath
Sleep problems due to difficulty breathing
Delayed recovery following a respiratory infection
Avoidance of exercise
Runny nose
Sneezing
Fever
Cough
Wheezing
Laboured breathing
Noticeable rising of chest
Itchy, red rash on whole body
Raised bumps that become small fluid-filled blisters
Headache
Abdominal pain
Loss of appetite
Fever
Irritability and discomfort
Itchy, red rash on whole body
Congested or runny nose
Nasal discharge that starts out clear but becomes yellow or green
Possible ear pain
Sensitive eyes
Fussiness
Low-grade fever
Sneezing & coughing
Headache
Disruptions in sleeping patterns
Hacking cough
Sore throat
Raspy voice
Laboured breathing
Noise while inhaling
Increased thirst
Excessive hunger
Rapid weight gain or loss
Fatigue
Irritability
Erratic behaviour
Blurred vision
Genital yeast infections
Severe nappy rash
Very painful ear
Reduced hearing
General discomfort
High temperature
Discharge from the ear
Red, leathery skin
Blistery appearance
Itchiness
Dryness
Increased thirst
Facial rash followed by intermittent lacelike rash on trunks, arms and legs
Sore throat
Runny nose
Low-grade fever

Treatments

Paracetamol
Pain medication


Remedies

Plenty of fluids
Plenty of rest
Good hygiene
Oatmeal or baking soda baths


Risk

1-2

1 – Can be treated at home
2 – Medical attention is necessary
3 – Urgent medical assistance is necessary


Disclaimer:
As always, take your newborn, baby, toddler or older child to your doctor if symptoms are severe or worrying. Our guide is just that, a guide, and does NOT replace medical supervision.

 

 

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