(Closed) Fifth Disease…trying not to freak out!

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m not pregnant, and never have been, and I had to google what fifth disease was, but I’m sure you and baby will be fine! Try not to stress about it, especially since you have a couple days before you’ll know. Sending happy thoughts your way! :]

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@tnbellebee:  The description made it sound common, so I’m hoping you’ve had it too! And from what I saw on google it said that after the halfway point of your pregnancy the risk is really small. But let’s hope there’s no reason to worry in the first place! :]

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

You said you were exposed, but were you exposed to respiratory droplets or just in close contact? I had a child come into the office with fifth disease, but as with any patient who is sick, I just make sure to avoid contact with bodily fluids and clean up when they leave. Even being directly exposed doesn’t mean you will catch it if your immune system is strong. Increase your intake of immune boosting vitamins and foods and hopefully you’ll be good to go!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m 16 weeks pregnant and a pediatrician, so with my job it’s hard to avoid exposure! I try to reassure myself that I’ve likely been exposed countless times before. The hard thing with Fifth Disease is when the person is contagious, they may just have a little runny nose and cough (which is every kid in my clinic/your classroom!). You don’t know it’s Fifth Disease until the child breaks out into the classic rash — and by that time, they are NO LONGER contagious. So, the truth is… if you were exposed, you were exposed. But the kid with the rash isn’t contagious, so there should be no more risk going back to work as there would be on any other given day… 

I know it’s scary, but trust in your immune system. Just think about 2nd time mommies! They can’t just abandon their first kid when they get sick just bc they’re pregnant! We are constantly at risk, and just have to do the best we can in the given situation…

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@tnbellebee:  I think the risk is worse in the first trimester so I’m sure you’re fine. However, I am 27 weeks pregnant myself and would probably not return to work until I knew for sure either. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@tnbellebee:  Oooo, if the child was out the week before rash – you are likely in the clear! Like I said, by the time they develop the rash, they are not contagious, so we will send kids back to school/daycare without any worries. Given that, I think you are ok going back to work… between now and when you find out the results, nothing will change — all the action happened in the past — and I think you likely missed his/her contagious period!!!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

In my school district if you are pregnant and there is confirmed Fifths Disease in your school, they move you to another school to work until the risk is gone.  This does not affect your sick days, etc.  They would bring in a teacher on call or the administrators could cover your class.  I would ask about this option!

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@tnbellebee:  thats horrible. I know about the contagious period. I think why they switch teachers around in my district is because even though one child may no longer be contagious, there could be others who caught it from them who still are. 

Sorry that probably doesn’t make you feel better 🙁 hope your tests come back soon and that you’re already immune.

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

@tnbellebee:  Glad to hear the good results! I would have been nervous too! Try and take it easy now 🙂

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