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March 20th, 2013, 07:03 PM
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So, I'm supposed to work for a friend on Friday, but she texted me, and told me one of the students in her class has Fifths Disease, and she's not sure if I should be exposed to that, and I should cancel. I told her I'm 90% sure pregnant women shouldn't get exposed to it, but before I call and cancel for Friday, does anyone know for certain? I thought I remembered something about that when I worked in Daycare, and I was pretty sure we had to post a sign telling pregnant women to not come in because of it. And if so, does that mean I should just like 100% cancel, or if the secretary wants to swap me into a different classroom in the school would that be okay? What would you do?
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March 20th, 2013, 07:12 PM
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Fifth disease can be passed through the placenta to the baby. It inhibits red blood cell production. There is a small chance of stillbirth if you contract it during pregnancy. The stat I read said a 1-3 chance of passing it to baby. IMO, not worth the risk.

That being said - I have a friend that contracted it at 8 weeks and they told her she would most likely lose the baby. Baby is now an active 2 year old. She had some issues early on with bowel blockage and cyst but she is fine now.
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March 20th, 2013, 07:21 PM
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Yeah, I'm not going to risk it. That being said, should I just not go to that school at all that day? Or would it be okay if they move me to a different classroom? Like would that kid have spread his little germs everywhere?
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March 20th, 2013, 07:27 PM
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I would just stay the heck away from that whole school if it were me! I am huge germaphobe and paranoid though! lol.
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March 20th, 2013, 08:01 PM
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I completely agree with the above posters and I would completely cancel. It is not worth the risk for you or baby. xx
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March 20th, 2013, 08:03 PM
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Staying out the same classroom/area that the child is in should be fine. But if you're worried about it go to your doctor and get screened to see if you have an immunity to it, you most likely do. I found out that I was immune to it the same month we had a break out in our center.
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March 20th, 2013, 08:36 PM
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I was exposed when I was pregnant with Katelynn. It's a very common childhood disease, you are likely immune. They can do a simple blood test to find out.
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March 20th, 2013, 09:01 PM
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I would stay away from the whole school that day.Im not one that likes taking chances on anything i like to play it safe.
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March 21st, 2013, 05:38 AM
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My kid has had it before, but I have never contracted it.
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March 21st, 2013, 06:25 AM
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I just went ahead and canceled the whole day. The $60 I would have gotten is totally not worth the risk...especially the day before Spring Break. I'll just stay home, and make myself pretty for our anniversary dinner :-D
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March 21st, 2013, 11:01 AM
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Sounds like a good plan. I was exposed last pregnancy. My family came over for Thanksgiving dinner and a few days later my sister called to tell me her oldest had it. I went in for a blood test and found out I was immune so it didn't matter.
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March 21st, 2013, 03:28 PM
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Yeah, I have read Fifths is VERY contagious, and you do NOT want to get it while pregnant. Good choice to stay away.
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March 21st, 2013, 04:12 PM
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I am a teacher and have been tested and I am immune and my daughter had it last year. I would stay away if your not sure.
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