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Mum's efforts to highlight 'Slapped Cheek Syndrome'

A woman from Carmarthenshire has set up a fund to raise awareness of a common virus that killed her unborn twin baby.

Dwynwen Davies was exposed to Slapped Cheek Syndrome - so-called because the most common symptom is a distinctive bright red rash on the cheeks - while she was pregnant.

One of her babies died from it while still in the womb, although Dwynwen had to carry on with the pregnancy to save the other child.

Now she wants a campaign to warn other expectant mothers about the syndrome.

More information needed on 'Slapped Cheek Syndrome'

Dwynwen Davies is campaigning for local health boards to provide more information on 'Slapped Cheek Syndrome'. The virus usually affects young children but can also be harmful to expectant mothers.

Dwynwen was expecting twins but sadly lost one of her children because of the virus. She says more needs to be done to make people aware of the condition.


Mother raises awareness of 'Slapped Cheek Syndrome'

Dwynwen wants local health boards to provide more information and provide a specific blood test. Credit: ITV News

A woman from Carmarthenshire is campaigning to raise awareness of 'Slapped Cheek Syndrome', a virus that usually affects young children.

Dwynwen Davies, from Llanybydder, lost one of her babies to the condition, and now wants to warn other pregnant mums of the dangers it can pose.

She wants local health boards to provide more information about the virus and offer a specific blood test which could possibly have saved her baby's life.

Children with the illness, which presents itself as a red rash on the face, usually recover from the cold-like symptoms in a few days, but it can be deadly to unborn babies.

Dwynwen has set up a petition online, where you can find more information on her campaign.