My DD has had bright red cheeks since yesterday and they're still there today. She's fine in herself, no temperature, no other rashes. She's not at school today, just wondered if she's still contagious and how long I should keep her at home? Thanks
As far as I know there is no requirement to keep children off school at all with slapped cheek. When my son was four, he was sent home from school with it, but was absolutely fine apart from his cheeks. I googled the information and went in the next day armed with an official NHS guideline saying he didn't need to be off school. Unfortunately, I don't have the link any more.
Can't find an official NHS link either but several places say once rash appears no longer infectious, including GOSH: http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/medical-conditions/search-for-medical-conditions/slapped-cheek-disease/slapped-cheek-disease-information/
So sounds like you can send her back as soon as you feel she is well enough
When my son had slapped cheek (which, incidentally, he's had about half a dozen times despite the information which suggests this cannot happen), the head teacher tried to argue that we should keep him off because one of the teachers 'might be pregnant'.
With the best will in the world, I can't compromise my child's education (not to mention my own work) when my child is perfectly capable of going to school on the basis of potential pregnancies among staff members. I suspect she would have been more at risk before the symptoms emerged.
Obviously I wouldn't want that. But I can't live my life based on potential problems and 'what ifs'. Should we keep children off for two weeks when they have been exposed to chicken pox just on the off-chance that a member of staff 'might' be pregnant?
I think if the condition is a risk to pregnant women then the dc should be kept off school and other places. I'm not saying it is by the way. I know people have to go to work, but this is no reason to risk an unborn babies life
Christmas there is confusion between the primary rash ( cheeks red) and the lacey secondary rash that appears a few days later, it is not infectious when the second rash appears but highly infectious when cheeks red.
When my DD had slapped cheek (the first in the school? or one of them at least) I kept her off for a few days on advice of health visitor - then it went round the school and we got a note home describing the symptoms and saying if they were otherwise well not to keep them off
Didn't realise implications for pregnant women - and felt I'd overreacted keeping her off... Small school maybe HT had checked none of staff were pregnant????