Slapped cheek

Sometimes known as fifth disease and erythema infectiosum, slapped cheek syndrome can affect people of all ages.

It is caused by a virus called parvovirus B19 and you may not even realise if you have been infected with this as the symptoms are mild.


Your child may have a high temperature, sore throat or headache to begin with. They are most contagious at this point. Up to seven days later they will develop a bright red rash on both cheeks.

Finally, the rash will spread to your child's chest, stomach, arms & thighs. This will usually happen up to four days after the rash on their cheeks.

Exclusion period

Once the rash has faded and your child feels well enough.

Read more about this illness at the NHS website.