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To be really cross that a parent sent their child to school knowing they have slap cheek

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tryingtobemarypoppins Thu 25-Jun-09 08:53:59

but not know that I, there class teacher, is pregnant.....

MaDuggar Thu 25-Jun-09 08:55:55

oh yes, its dangerous to pregnant women! I had to inform my DDs nursery when she had it, so they could warn any pregnant mums!

misdee Thu 25-Jun-09 08:57:24

is itr still contagious once the cheek rash has appeared?

ZoeC Thu 25-Jun-09 08:57:40

Oh no, have you had it already?

As to the unreasonable bit, hard to say as if the parent knows it is slapped cheek then I presume they are showing symptoms, in which case they are no longer contagious ( nhs info here ) and there would be no need to keep off if they are well enough in themselves iyswim. The contagious period is prior to them getting ill.

I hope you haven't caught it, or have already had it.

MarmadukeScarlet Thu 25-Jun-09 09:00:07

Selfish, but also their.

tryingtobemarypoppins Thu 25-Jun-09 09:00:52

Sorry I sound like a bit of a cow but there she was, lining up for class, full of red spots all over her cheeks after not being 100% this week and last. Dad said "oh I expect it's slap cheek, she has been a grump all week but really wanted to come to school"

I have a blood test on Friday to see

tryingtobemarypoppins Thu 25-Jun-09 09:01:42

quite right MarmadukeScarlet 'their'

PeachyTheRiverParrettHarlot Thu 25-Jun-09 09:13:44

Tryingtobe I hope you are OK

FWIW I caught slapped cheek at 13 weeks with one pregnancy with no known effects

Parent probably as useless as me- when boys play up I always forget to wonder if theya re ill and only relaise when it's too late- apaprenlty Mum was the same to me as well.

Hope you are immune to reduce worries- and congrats on the pregnancy

Just wondering but- did the aprent see Doc martin last week? Just that slaped cheek ws the topic of the week but no mention made of pg women

MarmadukeScarlet Thu 25-Jun-09 09:17:16

It must be a very worrying time for you, am crossing my fingers in the hope that as a teacher you will have been exposed to this before and will now be immune. Also could you not ask for the child to be sent home? Surely the head would back you.

I absolutely loath parents that send DC into school unwell, the worst at my DD's school is an A&E consultant. She sent her DD into school with rotorvirus, the morning after she had been voilently ill all the way home, the previous evening, on the school bus. (feel free to pick me up on poor punctuation grin) My DD carried it hom to DS (who has a poor immune system due to SN) - at least the mother gave DS an express pass into treatment when he was admitted unconscious due to metabolic ketosis a few days later.

DS currently has Hand, Foot and mouth - school have said he can return as soon as he is well enough as there is no exclusion for this.

katiestar Thu 25-Jun-09 09:41:34

My DC have had slapped cheek recently while we were abroad.I was concerned that they wouldn't be allowed to fly back but the doctor (in Austria) said it is not contagious once the spots have appeared.
Not much comfort to you as I think they ARE contagious 2 or 3 weeks before .

katiestar Thu 25-Jun-09 09:44:24

I was right not contagious once rash has appeared.It says many people show no symptoms at all.

FAQinglovely Thu 25-Jun-09 09:49:18

"Parent probably as useless as me- when boys play up I always forget to wonder if theya re ill and only relaise when it's too late-"

oh yes that's me too - the teachers at the infant school still haven't let me live down the time I took DS1 to one of his induction play days at the school before he started - thought he was just being sulky and sullen - until they (the teachers) took them outside to the playground for 10 minutes. Except DS1 was only out 30 seconds before he threw up blush.

That was 4yrs ago and I'm no better now.

TheChilliMoose Thu 25-Jun-09 09:50:36

Katiestar is right. Slapped Cheek is not contagious once the rash is visible. Most people will have had it when they are little so are immune anyway, I think.

jenkel Thu 25-Jun-09 09:55:04

One of my friends daughters who goes to another school had slapped cheek, the mum rang the school and they told her it was fine to send her daughter in.

lou031205 Thu 25-Jun-09 10:26:19

YABU, simply because now she has the rash she is no danger to you.

However, YANBU to be worried that you were exposed last week.

tryingtobemarypoppins Thu 25-Jun-09 10:41:35

Thanks for your lovely words of support, fingers crossed it will all be fine. I think I was more cross because the poor girl really wasn't 100% all week but dad was very much "she will be fine, I am very busy this week."
I am sure I will be just as bad when my LO start school!

chloesmumtoo Thu 25-Jun-09 10:45:11

Yes this came up at our school and the head said the same. Once cheeks are flared, no longer contagious. So you dont really know they have it before hand.

chloesmumtoo Thu 25-Jun-09 10:48:59

We even took my ds to the doctors with his wide spread rash, by this time his face had calmed and even the doctor didnt know what it was and thought he was having an allergic reaction. was not until the chemist told us it was prob slap cheek that I found out what was going around in our area and low and behold my daughter came down with it sometime after. We never caught it, I tend to think we more than likely have come across it as children and built up immunity

Stigaloid Thu 25-Jun-09 10:57:34

YANBU - I truly hope you are and your unborn are all right.

sparkle12mar08 Thu 25-Jun-09 13:38:30

Once the rash is out they are no longer contagious, so yes YABU. Nurseries and schools are advised not to exclude once rash has appeared - NHS and HPA advice smile And around 60% odd of the adult population have already had it anyway. Hope your test goes well - I had it at 18 weeks and wasn't immune. All sorts of follow up scans and appointments, thankfully all was well.

lal123 Thu 25-Jun-09 13:54:13

I hope that you are ok - but YAB a bit U - if we all kept our kids off school every time they weren't 100% they'd be at home more than they'd be in...

LadyGlencoraPalliser Thu 25-Jun-09 13:58:44

My friend sent home a child one afternoon recently after she threw up in class. Lo and behold there she was lining up again the next morning. She was sent home again.

MIAonline Thu 25-Jun-09 13:59:07

Just a point, but check how long your results will take. Mine took a week!

It was a week full of worry.

I hope you are ok, are you off work? As it can spread and if I was you I would stay off until you know in case you expose yourself to any more children with it.

Rhubarb Thu 25-Jun-09 14:02:43

My dcs have had this. It's right to say that once the rash is evident, it is no longer contagious. And it can a week for the rash to go.

Unfortunately a lot of parents don't realise their kids have had slapped cheek until the rash comes out, because the symptoms can be so mild.

I caught this at 7-8 weeks pregnant. Results take up to 3 weeks as it's not a 'normal' blood test and usually gets sent off to a special lab for testing. Supposedly most of the population are immune following infection as children - especially common as, like everyone has said, you are contagious for up to 21 days before the rash appears (although this 21 day timescale can be up to 42 days or as little as 14 depending on the source of your information).

I had fortnightly scans and appointments with a fetal specialist until week 17 when they decided that baby hadn't been affected and would probably be OK now.

My DS (4) had it just after me and apart from the red cheeks his main symptom was grumpiness !

Hope everything is OK for you xxx

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