Management of Slapped Cheek/Parvovirus



This is a common rash caused by a parvovirus (B19) with an incubation period of 4-20 days usually in 4-10 year old age group. Once the rash has developed then the child is no longer infectious.

Symptoms include a runny nose, low grade pyrexia (temperature) diarrhoea, headache, joint pains then bright red cheeks and sometimes later a lacy rash on both trunk and limbs.

Suggested treatment- is rest, fluids and if a child has a temperature with discomfort then they can have dose related paracetamol or ibuprofen. There is no need to exclude from day care.

Cautions including contacting your own GP if there is a history of your child being immunosuppressed, having a blood disorder or a bone marrow condition. If your child has contact with anyone who is pregnant less than 20 weeks it is recommended that specialist antenatal advice is sought.

Find out more on the NHS website