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Can fifth disease be harmful to my toddler?

Can fifth disease be harmful to my toddler?

Not generally: Once the rash of fifth disease is present, children are no longer contagious. The rash may return over the following weeks-months with exercise or sunlight but is not worrisome. Some children may get joint pains that usually resolve in 2-4 weeks without long term complications. Other than not feeling well, it is generally not a harmful disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Fifth Disease (Definition)

A viral illness caused by parvovirus, also known as Erthema Infectiosum. It starts with a "slapped cheek" rash on cheeks and a flat red spotted rash, mostly on the arms and upper legs. Once the rash appears, you are no longer contagious. It can be harmful to an unborn baby, if mom has never had it. Adults can get joint swelling and pain. You only get it ...Read more


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Can fifth disease in children cause bad diarrhea? What are some home remedies I can use for her rash? When will it be gone? Child is 2.

Can fifth disease in children cause bad diarrhea?  What are some home remedies I can use for her rash? When will it be gone? Child is 2.

No diarrhea: I cannot recall ever seeing a case where diarrhea was involved.They can occur simultaneously for a number of reasons but it is not a listed symptom. I would ignore the rash.It comes up from the inside so outside creams or treatments don't help. The rash may flare with a warm bath or play outside and can persist for weeks.They are not contagious when the rash appears. ...Read more

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Can my heartburn be caused by my kawasaki disease as a child?

Can my heartburn be caused by my kawasaki disease as a child?

No: Kawasaki disease is a type of autoimmune vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) affecting children almost exclusively that can have long term effects on the heart (coronary artery aneurysms) if not treated appropriately and promptly but heartburn, or gastroesophogeal reflux (GERD), is not one of them. ...Read more

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I became infected with the virus that causes fifth disease while pregnant, will my child be harmed?

I became infected with the virus that causes fifth disease while pregnant, will my child be harmed?

Perhaps: Parvovirus b19 (also known as "fifth disease") can at times lead to a serious condition called hydrops fetalis, which is fluid build up in body areas of the fetus due to severe fetal anemia. It is important to notify your physician if you suspect parvovirus b19 infection while pregnant. ...Read more

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Can a baby be born with Parkinson's disease? Is it possible for a baby to be born with Parkinson's disease? If not, what is the youngest age that the disease can manifest itself in?

Can a baby be born with Parkinson's disease? Is it possible for a baby to be born with Parkinson's disease? If not, what is the youngest age that the disease can manifest itself in?

This : This would be exceedingly rare. There are very rare cases of juvenile parkinsonism, which is defined as disease before age 21. It is rare to get it even before age 40 (called "early" or "young adult" parkinson's). To have it as an infant would probably be "reportable, " meaning it is so rare that the parkinson's researchers would be interested in testing that specific patient for a new genetic disease. I would really explore many other diagnoses before i made that diagnosis in a baby. There is another disease called "dopa-responsive dystonia" that looks like parkinson's, and is more common. But all of these diseases usually show up in the teens or later. I would get a second opinion from a movement-disorders specialist if somebody is making that diagnosis in a baby. ...Read more

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Can thyroid disease be passed on to my child, as if it were contagious?

Can thyroid disease be passed on to my child, as if it were contagious?

Pass on: Certain thyroid disease can increase your children risk of getting the disease but it is not contagious. ...Read more

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How detrimental a mother's nutrition is for baby to not develop te? I'm scared that my vitamin deficiency caused my baby to not have teeth yet.

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How detrimental  a mother's  nutrition is for baby to not develop te? I'm scared that my vitamin deficiency caused my baby to not have teeth yet.

Consult your doctor: In most cases, formula provides almost everything a baby needs for the first four to six months. The only exception is vitamin D. Babies who drink less than 32 ounces of formula a day need a daily 400 IU vitamin D supplement. You should always consult your doctor before dosing on Vitamin D. ...Read more

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Is trigger finger always congential in 12 year olds? Can it be due to overuse? My sons dr. Say it can't.

Is trigger finger always congential in 12 year olds? Can it be due to overuse? My sons dr. Say it can't.

Neither: We call a trigger finger in a 12 year old congenital but we do not know what causes it. Congenital means from birth. 12 year old cannot over use. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease be passed from mother to child during pregnancy? If yes, is it super rare?

Can Lyme disease be passed from mother to child during pregnancy?  If yes, is it super rare?

Yes: Yes, but it is very rare. There have been documented cases where lyme disease was found in the live or stillborn child. Studies have not shown increased risk for birth defects in children of women who have lyme disease antibodies. At this time there is no specific congenital lyme disease syndrome. Source: nelson textbook of pediatrics, 19th edition. ...Read more

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Can my pets transmit infections that might be harmful to me and the baby during pregnancy?

Can my pets transmit infections that might be harmful to me and the baby during pregnancy?

Yes: Toxoplasmosis, most commonly acquired from cat litter boxes is the most common/concerning. You should let other members of your household handle this job throughout your pregnancy. ...Read more

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My child is immune-compromised, can there be complications with fifth disease?

Maybe: Fifth disease, caused by parvovirus b19, is usually mild and self-resolving. Some people get infected, have no symptoms, and become immune against re-infection. Complications can occur in immunocompromised persons and persons with chronic anemia, as well as occasionally in pregnant women. Such higher-risk persons should contact their doctors if exposed to someone with fifth disease. ...Read more

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My niece is being diagnosticade with a kawasaki disease, can you tell me what risk are that she will be a normal 3 year old girl she's loosing fingers and toes skin and can't sit or walk yet, is cure for this rare illnes

My niece is being diagnosticade with a kawasaki disease, can you tell me what risk are that she will be a normal 3 year old girl she's loosing fingers and toes skin and can't sit or walk yet, is cure for this rare illnes

Evaluation needed: Kawasaki disease is a well described but not completely understood disease. You have described the presenting symptoms, all of which will resolve with proper therapy. If her fever has been less than 7days and she gets ivig soon, that is good. The next step is making sure she doesn't develop coronary artery aneurysms that are what we really worry about. This will be sorted out and most do well. ...Read more

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At what age my newborn (5 weeks) can usa a pacifier? Is it true that it can cause dental problem in the future?

At what age my newborn (5 weeks) can usa a pacifier? Is it true that it can cause dental problem in the future?

Depends: If a pacifier helps settle your child, go for it. A pacifier does much less permanent damage than a finger or thumb, and most kids quit relatively early. Digit habits, on the other hand, can persist to the point that they deform dental arches. ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy to send my toddler to a preschool ~150 feet from a highway? Could this cause asthma, childhood cancers, or other health issues?

Is it unhealthy to send my toddler to a preschool ~150 feet from a highway?  Could this cause asthma, childhood cancers, or other health issues?

Preschool: We are all exposed to city pollution if you live in an urban area, and while you want to provide the healthiest environment for your child, they are more likely at that age in a preschool to get sick from other children there than the environment. ...Read more

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How rare is it for a normal, healthy child to be actually harmed (not just exposed) by lead in the u.S.?

How rare is it for a normal, healthy child to be actually harmed (not just exposed) by lead in the u.S.?

Not so rare: Old houses are often painted on the oufside with lead paint, particularly in the inner city. Kids find that the flakes of peeling paint taste sweet and they get their lead poisoning that way. This causes changes in brain development that is not easy to spot and may easily be ascribed to other causes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the infectious diseases that would affect an unborn child when the mother has it?

Can you tell me the infectious diseases that would affect an unborn child when the mother has it?

Most all infectious: Diseases that a mother has when pregnant, will pass to the unborn child. They are too numerous to list. ...Read more

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Is it danger for infant under 1 years old to get x ray? How often it can be done?Does it has a side effect?

No: Generally no, there is minimal exposure to radiation during a routine x-ray. Side effects that can occur usually are after prolonged exposure to high levels of radiation. There is more exposure to radiation from taking overseas airplane trip than from one routine x-ray. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My mother got hyperthyroid disease in age of 30, what can be the expected age in which i can get this disease?

My mother got hyperthyroid disease in age of 30, what can be the expected age in which i can get this disease?

Hard to predict: Even though it may be some genetic predisposition, hyperthyroid besides being serious if not treated, is also very symptomatic , with palpitation, anxiety, weight loss etc...., its best to mention to your doctor to have it checked at least once a year with some basic blood tests of your thyroid functions. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Slapped Cheek Rash (Definition)

Slapped cheek rash is characteristic of erythema infectiosum or fifth disease. Patients with fifth disease also have a lacy red rash on the rest of their body. The organism causing this is parvovirus ...Read more