Monday, October 18, 2010

Fifths Disease

Sure sounds like a terrible illness and, yes, Emma's got it!

We first noticed small bumps on her face on Friday night. I started feeling guilty because I had given her a bit of strawberry jelly and then found out that you aren't supposed to give babies strawberries until they are at least a year old.

By Saturday, the rash had spread across her face.

By Sunday, she was covered head to toe with the rash (yes, even on the bottoms of her feet).

We took her to the emergency department late Sunday afternoon and were told by the doctor that he was "perplexed..." Not something you want to hear from an ER doctor. He said it was likely a viral infection (no, nothing to do with strawberries) but since he couldn't nail it down exactly, we should see the pediatrician the next day.

And the pediatrician confirmed today that, indeed, it is a viral infection. Either Fifths Disease or something else along those lines. Thankfully she doesn't seem sick - no fever - but last night was horrible. She was up every 3 or so hours and wouldn't go back to sleep each time. And since it is a virus, there is nothing you can do other than wait it out.

My poor baby girl!


  1. oh my god, the poor thing!!!! that looks awful, i would be freaking out even though i read about it and know that it's not that bad!!! i hope she feels better soon :(

  2. Awwww...your poor little girl! It does look awful..with her big, sad eyes!!!! It is so hard to have them get sick and not be able to tell them that it will go away and it will get better, etc...isn't it? I hope it is already getting better!!!!

  3. That's horrible, my neice had that as well but she's 5! I hope she feels better soon.

  4. I hope this clears up very soon!

    ICLW #26

  5. I hope poor little Emma is doing better! (I tried to share this comment a while ago, but it didn't let me!)

    The swim lessons we are doing are through the American Red Cross held at our local middle school pool. We looked into swim lessons at the YMCA as well. Both have parent/child aquatics starting at 6 months of age. We did also hear that our local university sometimes has lessons in their adaptive pool (nice because it is more heated and smaller), but I couldn't find out anything more about that.

  6. Wow! Poor baby!!! Hope she's feeling better! (And that momma and daddy are getting some rest!)