Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Mini Mouse | 2010/06/02

Q.

Teething and cheeks

Good afternoon doctor

My son is busy teething - luckily the last four molars at the back.
Is it possible that this can cause red cheeks. He looks quite happy, cheerful and is eating and drinking well so I really dont think he is sick.

His cheeks aren''t red all the time, mostly in the mornings and evenings.

Thank you doctor

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby should not have red cheeks when teething. This is usually due to an illness caused by the parvovirus and is known as the 'slapped cheek' syndrome. You say that your baby is not obviously ill but this is still a possibility.This illness usually lasts for about 3 to 5 days and can be very mild in some babies.No treatment is needed.

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