It has been brought to our attention that a few of children in the Robins class appear to have the symptom's of ‘Slapped Cheek’. Parents may be unsure of whether or not they should be sending their child to school whilst they are displaying symptoms. As long as children are feeling well they should come to school. If children are feeling unwell they should, as usual, not be sent to school.
Cheek Syndrome is a type of viral infection that is quite common in children aged between 6-10 years. The symptoms of Cheek virus can vary from a minor illness, possibly with headache, mild fever, sore throat and a rash that appears, usually on the cheeks. In children, the most common symptom is the appearance of a distinctive bright red rash on the cheeks. Most children do not need treatment as Cheek Syndrome is usually a very mild condition that passes within a few days. However, if your child remains unwell or you are concerned about their condition please seek medical information from your G.P.
Please be aware that people with certain blood disorders, pregnant women or people with a weakened immune system will need to contact their GP for advice if they have been in contact with a child who has Slapped Cheek Syndrome.
More information regarding the symptoms and treatment of Slapped Cheek Syndrome can be found on the NHS Direct Website www.nhs.uk
In summary, children who are feeling well should attend school even if they are displaying symptoms of Slapped Cheek.