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yetserday ds complained of leg pain, then headache and exhaustion, then vomited most of the day and again last night. Yesterday evening he had a small patch of lacy red rash on his back and by bedtime it was all over his leg. Now that's gone but he's woken up with bright red cheeks, which are burning hot. There has been no fever that I've been aware of and finally he is keeping food and liquids down but he is lethargic and has no appetite.<br><br>
The dr said it's most likely slapped cheek syndrome (5th disease). That would help me feel better as I'm alone with the two all week and I am so worried about getting a stomach virus myself, and 5th disease seems to be a childhood illness I'd be unlikely to get. But, in all the lists of symptoms I've read it doesn't say vomiting. Could this be slapped cheek or something else?<br><br>
Also, if it is 5th disease a neighbor told me I need to inform his school in case there are pregnant women there; is that right? all new to me...
 

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Hi I am not a dr. My sons both have had slapped cheek, with no vomiting, though I suppose in a sensitive child it would be possible. I have never heard of slapped cheek starting with the rash on the leg thing..sounds strange. either way, I wouldnt worry too much, it is just some kind of virus that will run its course. Hope he feels better!
 

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Sorry I forgot to mention that slapped cheek almost always runs a temp, some stomach bugs, dont.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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well, ds is certainly a highly sensitive child and throws up easily, PLUS his dad just left for a week yesterday. Initially I thought it was stress related but now it's clearly more than that; or maybe a combination? He just got in the bath and I saw his whole back is covered in the red lacy rash. Scary looking, but does seem to look just like the pics I've seen. He may have had a fever yesterday am, he was at school and I'm not sure they would have checked. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Does his throat hurt?
 

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My DS had Fifth disease recently. He wasn't "sick" at all, the only thing he had was the classic slapped cheeks look and a rash on his back and tummy. We did need to notify the school. Once the rash comes out the child is no longer contagious, so they can go to school, as long as they feel well enough, of course.
 

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Not last time I asked, but he has cold symptoms now and is totally miserable, asleep on the couch <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
Hmm, the rash looks exactly like fifths but the overall sickness doesn't sound like it, eh?<br>
I will let the school know anyway, just in case. There are a few pg moms there.
 
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