Conditions + Treatments

Treatments for Fifth Disease in Children

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Since fifth disease is a viral infection, there is no cure but mother nature. The goal of treatment is to help decrease the severity of the symptoms and limit exposure to others. Treatment may include:

  • increased fluid intake
  • acetaminophen for fever (DO NOT GIVE ASPIRIN)

Aspirin and the risk of Reye Syndrome in children

Do not give aspirin to a child without first contacting the child's physician. Aspirin, when given as treatment for children, has been associated with Reye syndrome, a potentially serious or deadly disorder in children. Therefore, pediatricians and other healthcare providers recommend that aspirin (or any medication that contains aspirin) not be used to treat any viral illnesses in children.

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