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Old 05-05-2008, 04:34 PM   #1
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Found out today my Son, 2 year old, has contracted Fifth Disease. A viral rash.

Anyone else out there dealt with this? And what did you find were the best remedies for the itch?

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My son got this a little while back, The doc prescribed us some kind of cream for it. Did he not give you any?

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My daughter's school had an outbreak of this a while ago, she never contracted it, but apparently it looks worse than it is.

A few of the parents used Benydryl Allergy medication for relief of itching, but I would call the doctor or ask a pharmacist. Also Baking Soda baths were also suggested.

I would still ask a doctor since some parents would find any reason whatsoever to medicate their children.

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It's also called "Slap Cheek" because that's what many kids who contract it look like, someone who just got slapped silly.

Both my sons have had it, as have a couple of my sister's kids, and she's on the west coast, so it's not location dependent.

My wife could tell you much more, but I do recall that it's not really a big deal when kids get it, but if an adult contracts it the disease has some complications that can be fatal. Kind of like chicken pox.

There's tons of resources available about it:
http://www.medicinenet.com/fifth_disease/article.htm

Or WebMD, or other places.

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I have read many of the on-line resources about it and they all pretty much say the same thing. I was hoping to hear from some parents who have actually dealt with it.

So, it's not a big deal for the child?

How long did it last? And has it ever come back?

My son is scheduled to see his Pediatrician today at 2:00. Thta was the earliest I could get him in. Maybe they will prescribe something. I am not one to jump at medicating my child but, if I have to choose between my child being miserable or comfortable, I will always choose the latter.

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Cassie had it a while back, I can't remember what the remedy was but I remember it ultimately not being a very big deal at all. I'll ask The Wife when I get home tonight. I do remember it being a pretty common thing.

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We didn't get any prescription. We simply gave the boys Infant Tylenol and Infant Advil, rotated one every 4-6 hours, to deal with any fever, and that was it.

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Yes, my kids got it in day care when they were younger. I don't remember even taking them to the pediatrician- just some children's tylenol. I don't think they needed anything for the itching, they weren't really itchy like when they had chicken pox. I think they missed about 3 days of day care, and were fine the entire time.

When they were in day care, they got hand, foot, and mouth disease, Fifth's Disease, Chicken Pox, and pink eye. My daughter got pneumonia from another child, and my son got mono when it went around. I'm so glad those days are long behind me- but I do sympathize with you other parents!

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Daycare is a like a petri dish. Our doctor says it's actually a good thing for the kids to get exposed to all this stuff, it builds up their immune system apparently. My kids end up getting about half of the colds and what not that go around, so I guess we're lucky.

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We didn't get any prescription. We simply gave the boys Infant Tylenol and Infant Advil, rotated one every 4-6 hours, to deal with any fever, and that was it.
I think that may have been all we did. I do remember bring her into the pedicatrician's, and Fifth's sounding a lot scarier than it really was. The key was rotating between those medicines, so that you aren't doubling up on either's recommended dosage.
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