Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: V | 2010-06-29

Q.

Red cheeks

My three year old toddler for the last 2 mornings has had red cheeks and red ears. It last for about an hour then vanishes. His face and ears are hot. No temp. Eating fine. Drinking fine. Nothing new in his diet. No meds. The red appears on both cheeks to just under his eye and towards the ears.
What could it be?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This sounds like an illness called 'slapped cheek syndrome' or Fifth disease. It is a viral illness caused by the Parvovirus B19. It is usually a very mild illness and children may not even appear ill or have a fever. The main feature of the illness is the red cheeks and often red ears as well. There is no specific tretament but it may take as long as 2 weeks for your son's red cheeks to clear up.

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