Slapped Cheek Syndrome

The rash caused by Slapped Cheek Syndrome can look alarming, however it is usually mild and can clear itself up within one to three weeks. Once you have had Slapped Cheek Syndrome you are usually immune.

Slapped Cheek Syndrome can be dangerous to those who are pregnant, have a blood disorder or have a weakened immune system and have been exposed to the virus.

What are the symptoms of Slapped Cheek Syndrome?

Symptoms can include:

  • A slightly high temperature or fever of around 38C.
  • A runny nose.
  • A sore throat.
  • A headache.
  • An upset stomach.
  • Feeling generally unwell.
  • A bright red rash on both cheeks should occur after a few days.
  • After another few days after the rash on the cheeks the patient should also experience a light pink rash on the chest, stomach, arms and thighs. It may be raised, lace like and be itchy.

Usually the rash will disappear after a week or two however, on occasion you may find the rash comes back and goes away again for a few weeks after the infection has passed. This can be triggered by stress, anxiety, heat or exercise.

My child has Slapped Cheek Syndrome:

Slapped Cheek Syndrome should clear itself up however, you can try the following to ease their symptoms:

  • Rest and plenty of fluids- babies should continue their normal feeds.
  • Paracetamol or Ibuprofen- this will help for headaches, fever or joint pain.
  • Antihistamines or emollient moisturising lotion- this will help to reduce itching.