Fifth S Disease What To Do

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Cassie06 - June 27

I worked in the 1 year old room today for 2 hours before a boy's mom called in and said he had fifth's disease and the dr said he shouldnt be contagious but to keep him away from pregnant women. They took me out of that room and put me in with the 3's and 4's and said to call my dr immediately. I have been calling all afternoon but I suppose he decided to leave early yet again because no one is answering. Should I try the hopsital or something or just wait and try to call tomorrow?


Steph - June 27

I found this on the CDC's'll probably be fine, but just make sure that you talk to your doctor either today/tomorrow to keep him/her apprised of the fact that you have been exposed. *********I've recently been exposed to a child with fifth disease. How will this affect my pregnancy? Go to top of page Usually, there is no serious complication for a pregnant woman or her baby because of exposure to a person with fifth disease. About 50% of women are already immune to parvovirus B19, and these women and their babies are protected from infection and illness. Even if a woman is susceptible and gets infected with parvovirus B19, she usually experiences only a mild illness. Likewise, her unborn baby usually does not have any problems attributable to parvovirus B19 infection. Sometimes, however, parvovirus B19 infection will cause the unborn baby to have severe anemia and the woman may have a miscarriage. This occurs in less than 5% of all pregnant women who are infected with parvovirus B19 and occurs more commonly during the first half of pregnancy. There is no evidence that parvovirus B19 infection causes birth defects or mental retardation.


Steph - June 27

Found this too *********If I'm infected, what do I need to do about my pregnancy? Go to top of page There is no universally recommended approach to monitor a pregnant woman who has a doc_mented parvovirus B19 infection. Some physicians treat a parvovirus B19 infection in a pregnant woman as a low-risk condition and continue to provide routine prenatal care. Other physicians may increase the frequency of doctor visits and perform blood tests and ultrasound examinations to monitor the health of the unborn baby. The benefit of these tests in this situation, however, is not clear. If the unborn baby appears to be ill, there are special diagnostic and treatment options available, and your obstetrician will discuss these options with you and their potential benefits and risks. Is there a way I can keep from being infected with parvovirus B19 during my pregnancy? Go to top of page There is no vaccine or medicine that prevents parvovirus B19 infection. Frequent hand washing is recommended as a practical and probably effective method to reduce the spread of parvovirus. Excluding persons with fifth disease from work, child care centers, schools, or other settings is not likely to prevent the spread of parvovirus B19, since ill persons are contagious before they develop the characteristic rash. CDC does not recommend that pregnant women should routinely be excluded from a workplace where a fifth disease outbreak is occurring, because of the problems noted above. Rather, CDC considers that the decision to stay away from a workplace where there are cases of fifth disease is an personal decision for a woman to make, after discussions with her family, physician, and employer.


Angiconda - June 27

I would atleast call your doctor from what I have heard I think you are probably fine and i beleive that it is worst if you are exposed in the first tri but I your difinetly follow up with your doctor just to be sure


ashley - June 27

ca__sie-how long have you worked in that room or at that daycare? bc chances are you had already been exposed to the disease. Do call your doc and they can run a blood test to see if you have built up antibodies, etc. I was working at a peds clinic on my nursing rotation and I was there 2 days and two kids had come through with it. But my daughter had it a couple years back so I was probably already exposed.


Nerdy Girl - June 27

My friend is pregnant now and was exposed during her first few weeks, which is when it is most dangerous. She had to see a high risk OB for a few months. She is due in October and is back at her normal doc. Since you are posting in the 3rd Tri board, I am a__suming you are far enough along in the pregnancy that this should not be an issue.


Tanna - June 27

yeah, it is more dangerous in the beginning of your pregnancy to get fifth desease. I know a woman who's son had it and she was like 18 weeks pg when they found out. She was monitored closely by high risk Dr. for a bit just to make sure baby was ok. Other than precautionary steps taken, no great shakes. Just a little worrying on her part.


3babies - June 28

I agree with the last two posters. I was exposed during early pregnancy with my oldest son, and was made aware of the risks, but everything turned out fine. Good luck!


Deb - June 28

Most people who work with young children have already been exposed to the disease and are immune. I'm a teacher and I got tested for it before getting pregnant, just to be sure, and sure enough I was immune. I think it is most harmful in first trimester, so even if you are not immune, you are probaby okay. I would get in touch with your doctor though, to be on the safe side.


Carla - June 28

Hi Ca__sie, I am almost 31 weeks and work at a daycare and i am not immune to 5th's and a few of my kids and parents got 5ths disease pretty recently. At first i was freaking out but i called my dr and they said not to worry just to come in for bloodwork to see if i had gotten it. So i did and it came back i didnt have it then they wanted to check my blood again 2 weeks later to see if it had come up and i am still in the clear thank god. The nurse told me they dont get really concerned unless your in the beggining of your pregnancy. So try not to worry to much i believe if u did catch it they would just give u some extra sono's and monitor u a little more closely. Just make sure too wash your hands continuously and dont share food or drink with any of them and alway wear gloves when changing them. I do this constantly and so far have ben lucky to not get my dry hands from washing them 100 times was worth it lol Good luck



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