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Rosy Little Cheeks Or Something More | Childhood Conditions You Need To Know

by Brett Mills

Take your little one out into the sun a little while when they are accustomed to air conditioning or spend a little time out in the chilly wind, and their little cheeks will often glow in that adorable way that kids cheeks glow. However, there are some situations when those cutesy rosy cheeks grow to be something worrisome as a parent, and rosy cheeks can actually be a sign that something is wrong that needs to be treated. Here is a look at some of the childhood conditions you need to know about that can cause rosy cheeks. 

Fifth Disease

Fifth disease is a condition that can make one or both of your child's cheeks appear that they have been slapped, which has granted this condition the common name "slapped cheek." Fifth disease is actually caused by parvovirus B19, technically called erythema infectiosum, which is more widely associated with canines than children. However, children can also contract parvovirus, and it is especially common among kids between 5 and 15, according to Kids Health. If the rosy cheeks show up out of nowhere, look similar to welts like your child has been slapped across the cheeks, and then starts to spread, it is best to get them to a pediatrician for advice. 


Roseola is more common among infants and young toddlers than it is older children, but it can also occur in older children and even adults. Roseola is an infection that is spread from person to person, usually, if one child or person has a cold and the healthy individual comes in contact with their mucous through a sneeze or a cough. Roseola is sometimes found down the torso or on the neck and arms of a child, but it can also show up as rosiness on their face. 

Viral Exanthem

Viral exanthem sounds worse than what it is, as this condition is really just a common viral infection that can accompany common colds and illnesses in children. Usually, if a child has this condition, it will show up along with another illness, so you may spot that they have really rosy cheeks and a cough or even a mild fever. The only time that viral exanthem should be really concerning is if you notice your child's red cheeks seem to feel excessively feverish or if there are bumps or flaking skin showing up in the area as well. In this case, your child may have to be given medication to clear up the condition. 

For more information, contact a medical office like Advocare Haddon Pediatric Group at Haddon Heights.