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5ths Disease

March 23, 2011

Last night we had to take Creamie to Instacare.  Because she is sick.  Again.  Only this time it looks WAY WAY worse than anything else she has ever had.  It isn’t worse, exactly, it just looks worse.  She has something called 5ths disease.  And it looks like this:

5ths Disease

All of a sudden last night her cheeks turned BRIGHT sunburn red, and the had these puffy white welts on them, which you can’t really see in the phone pic.  But they kind of look like a burn from a hot pan.  And she had spots on her arms, and some more big ones on her wrist.s.  We were sure it was an allergic reaction to something.  So while I was on the phone with the doctors office she was in the tub.  I figured if it was something on her skin we should at least wash it off.  Turns out it just looks bad, but isn’t really painful.  Uncomfortable, but not painful.  Oh, and it looks like I am a terrible mother who doesn’t know about sunscreen or keeping small children away from hot objects.  Great.

It’s caused by a virus, and she should be over it in another week or two.  This morning the redness has gone down considerably, but everytime she bumps something it flares up again in that spot.  Which is constantly, because come on, she’s two.  We’ll be staying home for another few days until the coughy/sneezy/snotty/cold-like part of 5ths disease is gone and until I am sure she isn’t contagious anymore.  Just add this one to the list of sickness that has been my life since Christmas.  I should point out that when I was young I went to my Kindergarten doctors checkup and then didn’t go back until I was 18.  I really don’t know what it’s like to be sick.  And I am not really dealing with it well.  I’m eating a lot of cookies though.  And that seems to help.

33 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2011 12:08 pm

    Oh man, the poor little bebe!! Dah, I just want to snuggle her ouchies away…but apparently snuggling will compound the problem. 😦

    Hugs. (Soft ones)


  2. sara permalink
    March 23, 2011 12:11 pm

    Poor little angel! I am so sorry that you’ve been dealing with such yucky stuff. I hope that healing runs quickly through Creamies body and gallivants around your house to keep the ickies at bay for a long while after this. I’m thinking of you guys.

  3. March 23, 2011 12:42 pm

    Awww…poor little darlin’! (And poor Momma!) My kids had that a few times, but, they were in elementary school so they were a bit older. It totally scared me at first, until the school nurse explained it to me and calmed me down.

    Hugs to both of you!

  4. March 23, 2011 12:43 pm

    ooooh i had 5ths disease as a little person. i just remember feeling like my face was hot and tight–a lot like a sunburn. i went to work with my mom and got a lot of attention 🙂 she will need lots of snuggles and love!!

  5. March 23, 2011 12:49 pm

    When I was a child, I had a reaction just like this. I had gotten sick, taken the prescribed medicine from my doctor, turned red with bumps and they called it the same. It turned out I was allergic to penicillin. Luckily not all meds include the stuff these days… thank goodness for Zpacks. 🙂 I hope Creamie feels better soon!

  6. Cassandra permalink
    March 23, 2011 12:57 pm

    Oh no! Both my sister and daughter had that a few years back. Theirs looked lacey. Very splotchy. It’s lasted a few days. My sisters was on and off for a few weeks…I think it’s worst when your older. It was very odd.

  7. March 23, 2011 1:01 pm

    Aw, poor Creamie! It looks far worse than she probably feels, but I hope she gets better soon. Did you have it as a child? Most kids have (some without even knowing it) and are therefore immune as adults. If not, the virus in adults can sometimes make you feel achy and arthritic for several weeks (ask me how I know).

  8. March 23, 2011 1:03 pm

    Poor baby 😦 Hope you are getting lots of extra snuggles – that’s the only GOOD part of having sick babes.

  9. Emily permalink
    March 23, 2011 1:11 pm

    Oh my goodness! That poor little girl!!! So not fun having sick toddlers!! I am so glad that it looks worse than it is..because that looks so painful!! Hang in their Erika and hopefully she gets feeling better very soon!

  10. Linsey permalink
    March 23, 2011 1:20 pm

    THIS IS CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Paige permalink
    March 23, 2011 1:26 pm

    I’m so sorry ya’ll are going through this difficult time. I know its the pits. I never dealt /deal well when my kids are sick. But I do know this: It’ll get better, I promise. And Creamie will be better soon too.

  12. March 23, 2011 1:52 pm

    I’m glad to hear its not painful , because it sure looks painful…poor little love.

  13. Kim permalink
    March 23, 2011 2:08 pm

    Poor little thing!! You just need a break. You definitely deserve a road tip when everyone is healthy again.

  14. March 23, 2011 2:17 pm

    Oh, isn’t it scary looking? My little one got it last year, and I was just about inside-out with worry until we knew what was what. He hardly noticed it at all! Our doc prescribed steroids to clear up the welts, but told us it was optional, and that no treatment was necessary. I thought “No way am I giving my baby steroids for a cosmetic thing that will clear up on its own!” We stuck to tylenol and cuddles.

  15. Susan Twilley permalink
    March 23, 2011 3:10 pm

    Poor baby, y’all just can’t seem to catch a break.

  16. March 23, 2011 3:59 pm

    I’d be eating lots of cookies too. 😦

  17. March 23, 2011 5:15 pm

    totally breaks my heart for her, so glad she will be well shortly!

  18. March 23, 2011 6:42 pm

    are you kidding me?!?!?! I’m frustrated for you! It’s a good thing you have a lot of projects at home to keep you busy since you can’t. leave. the. house. aaaaaaaaaaahh!! Wish I was there to come hang out.

  19. March 23, 2011 6:57 pm

    E, I am SO sorry you’ve had so many crummy things to deal with lately! On the plus side (for me) I feel like there is finally maybe someone who rivals my own kids’ sickness levels… 🙂 Poor Creamie, she just looks so sad! Almost as sad as my own C’s chickenpoxed 5 month old body. What is up with our kids? Sheesh. I’m glad it doesn’t hurt as much as it looks like it should.

  20. March 23, 2011 8:06 pm

    Oh no! I bet you were worried sick! Glad to hear it’s not as bad as it looks – hope she’ll be on the mend soon.

  21. March 23, 2011 8:12 pm

    Oh my. You guys have been some serious sickies this winter! We had 5ths go through our house one spring. And I didn’t realize my 5 yr old had it until the end of all the last-day-of-kindergarten festivities. (Sorry kindergarten class!) Her cheeks look extra rosy in those pictures! Hang in there! At least you have piles of fabric to play with!!

  22. March 23, 2011 8:57 pm


    Oh, my goodness. That looks so bad. I’m soo, sooo, sorry! I wish I could make it better for her.

    xo -El

  23. March 24, 2011 12:08 pm

    Poor little sweetie. I instantly got completely teary seeing that photo of her….it was 5ths disease that triggered an awful year and a half of arthritis for me. I realllllly hope you and your husband don’t get it – it can be very painful for grown ups. I’d say the healthy fairy is due to visit your house and possibly move in for a while! Hope Creamie is all well very soon.

  24. lacey permalink
    March 24, 2011 12:26 pm

    oh my goodness, the poor thing, and hello poor you too! how scary, but i am glad to hear it isn’t too serious. I can’t believe you never went to the doctor. I was sick at least twice a year all growing up. I think there are just people that get sick and there are people that don’t. I am one of those that does. i am so sorry you have had such a LONG sick spell, so miserable. Please get better, soon!

  25. Susan permalink
    March 24, 2011 9:42 pm

    Geesh. What next??? There’s not a whole lot left that hasn’t pounced on you two this year. I don’t know if cookies would do it for me . . . . perhaps an adult beverage or two (after little people bedtime) might be my choice (LOL) . . . wellness thoughts flying to your home from CT.

  26. March 25, 2011 8:32 am

    Poor little one! Hopefully she will have a sick-free summer to come. Gotta be so hard on momma too, I always feel so helpless when loved ones are sick and there’s no much you can do. Hang in there 🙂

  27. March 26, 2011 10:26 pm

    Goodness! I bet you were freaked out! My niece had the same thing a few years ago and it scared us. I hope Creamie is better soon. Y’all deserve a break.

  28. kate (picklelady) permalink
    March 27, 2011 6:38 am

    Oh, my little ones had that! I hid in the house with them, I was so afraid people would think I was a bad mom!

  29. Anya permalink
    March 28, 2011 2:50 pm

    My boys had 5ths disease while I was preggo with Kaia which turns out to be quite lethal to fetuses if contracted by the mother. Lovely little cold and flu season it was that year!

  30. March 29, 2011 5:30 pm

    Oh my gosh! poor baby. I am glad that you showed a picture of it though. I have heard of it before but have never seen it. Now I will know if it ever strikes one of my grandchildren.

  31. Carlie A. Yearsley permalink
    April 4, 2011 8:07 pm

    Holy cow!! Thanks for posting this…my little girl Ryann had this exact thing last week, but the PA had no idea what it was when I took her in. Ryann’s rash was bright red with little white blister-like vesicles, but they didn’t itch or bother her too much. I am so glad I came across your blog!!!


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