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Slapped cheek - GAH!

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Pontouf Tue 20-Nov-12 16:38:58

Discovered last night that my 2yo DS has slapped cheek disease. I am 20 weeks pregnant. I thought i'd heard that it was dangerous for unborn babies so I cranked up Dr Google and am now armed with a fair amount of info. I went to my GP today who didn't seem to know anything about it. He had to google as well. He has sent me for a blood test to see if I am immune to it. He also said I should avoid contact with my son until I get the results back - Thursday at the earliest! The info I have read suggests that the risk to foetuses drops off massively after 20 weeks.

I rang my midwife for advice and she said that it is highly unlikely that I haven't been exposed in the past anD that I am therefore probably immune. (My Mum childminded when I was growing up and cared for several children with slapped cheek.) I can send my little boy to my Mum's but he is very clingy at the moment and I think he'll be upset about it, especially while he's feeling poorly. I don't want to risk the health of my DC2 but banishing my son for two-three days seems extreme, especially when in all likelihood I am immune anyway.

Do you think I'm being reasonable in keeping my son with me despite his illness?

beckslovestimmy Tue 20-Nov-12 16:43:06

My GP said people are only contagious 14 days before they develop the rash. If your son has the rash now there's no point sending him away? Hope your immune! X

Pontouf Tue 20-Nov-12 16:50:51

That's what I thought too. Had the blood test today so fingers crossed. I think the likelihood of me not being immune is very low anyway.

birdbrain17 Tue 20-Nov-12 16:55:58

When I was 10 weeks it went round the school I work in. I went home till I could find out if I was immune but my friend who was 20 weeks didn't as apparently you are only really at risk from 10-20 weeks...

Nicky1306 Tue 20-Nov-12 17:07:30

If he has the rash he is no longer contagious, DD was at school with the rash! It was before it came out and was off ( not that we knew she had it, we just thought she was under the weather!) x

Pontouf Tue 20-Nov-12 17:14:06

Thanks everyone. From a purely selfish point of view I don't want my son to go to my Mum's because I'll miss him! DS has been poorly for a couple of weeks but the rash only came up yesterday.

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