The Good Times Just Keep Rolling

On Thursday Karlie came down with Fifths disease. Luckily it has been very mild, she just looks bad. It is beginning to feel like a leprosy colony over at our house. The good Dr. John told me the silver lining is that while this virus is in her system she can't get the swine flu. The bad part is that my pregnant sister was over for Hank's party when Karlie and Hank were contagious. She is not too pleased with me now that I have exposed her to TWO infections that have the potential to seriously harm her baby if she is not immune to them. Dr. John also said the only thing else going around that we haven't had is Mono. Since the girls have all had the Chicken Pox vaccine I am hoping they will be spared. Hailey has had Fifths, so I guess that means Kaitlin is up. Please pray for health in our house. :)

Fifths Disease is "especially common in kids between the ages of 5 and 15, fifth disease typically produces a distinctive red rash on the face that makes the child appear to have a "slapped cheek." The rash then spreads to the trunk, arms, and legs. Fifth disease is actually just a viral illness that most kids recover from quickly and without complications.

A person with parvovirus infection is most contagious before the rash appears — either during the incubation period (the time between infection and the onset of symptoms) or during the time when he or she has only mild respiratory symptoms. Because the rash of fifth disease is due to an immune reaction (a defense response launched by the body against foreign substances like viruses) that occurs after the infection has passed, a child is usually not contagious once the rash appears.

Parvovirus B19 infection during pregnancy may cause problems for the fetus. Some fetuses may develop severe anemia if the mother is infected while pregnant — especially if the infection occurs during the first half of the pregnancy. In some cases, this anemia is so severe that the fetus doesn't survive. Fortunately, about half of all pregnant women are immune from having had a previous infection with parvovirus. Serious problems occur in less than 5% of women who become infected during pregnancy." Taken from Kids Health.


Lacey said...

Oh Man...I hope this is the end of the illnesses for your family.'s been a rough few months for you guys!! Hope the 5th's isn't hurting her too bad... Hang in there momma!

Courtney said...

I just can't believe your luck! Or lack of-you'll be getting these illnesses out of their systems for the teen years. Bet you didn't know you'd end up being a pedi RN.;)

Splaneyo said...

So sorry!

john leopold, md said...

Katie - this is Dr John. So sad about the loss of your friend, a fellow in the medical field.

You did your homework on 5th disease! You are now expert. For those who are wondering how I diagnosed her kids chicken pox and 5th disease, Katie takes excellent pictures with her camera and sends them to me to look at. She lives in Denver, me in the Springs.

Katie and her family are as nice as they look in the photos of them. We are thankful the kids have had milder illness unlike the whooping cough in her 3 month Carlie a couple years ago.