Roseola In Babies|Roseola Infantum|Roseola Symptoms and Cure

Roseola in babies, also known as Roseola Infantum or simply Roseola is a mild child disease caused by a virus affecting children aged 6 months to 2 years.

The disease then becomes less common as the child reaches the age of 4. Unfortunately, our dearest Via had it earlier, at 4+ months, just when she was at her chunkiest physique. Via first had a fever of 38ºC before the tiny red rashes appeared the next day. The fever then rose to 39.2º. Her fever record ranged from 37.8º to 39.4º during the entire period of the disease. Great thing, my mom was there to guide me, and was even generous enough to take care of baby girl the entire time she was sick because hubby and I just had our share of sickness (influenza) one and two weeks (respectively) before Via got Roseola.

Our Chunky Via 2 Days Before Roseola Symptoms Appeared

Our Chunky Via 2 Days Before Roseola Symptoms Appeared

Roseola is caused by Type 6 and Type 7 of the Herpes simplex virus, but does not cause cold sores and genital herpes, which these are commonly known for.

The doctor can easily identify the disease through physical assessment and by the presence of tiny red rashes after the fever is gone.

Signs & Symptoms of Roseola

In the case of Via, the disease started out as a fever followed by the appearance of tiny red rashes on her face, back, tummy, arms, and legs the next day, which she obviously was uncomfortable of and irritated from.

Generally, the disease lasts from 2 to 8 days, with fever suddenly stopping and rashes gradually disappearing.

Medically, the signs and symptoms of Roseola include:

  • Sudden fever that even reaches more than 39.4ºC (febrile convulsions even occur in some cases)
  • Appearance of tiny red rashes on parts of the body, which are not itchy by the way
  • Slight sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomachache
  • Decreased appetite
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Irritability 

Please note that there are instances wherein Roseola is present in babies, but with no noticeable symptoms.

Rashes on Her Leg

Rashes on Her Leg

Rashes on Her Arm

Rashes on Her Arm

Treatment of Roseola

The fever is the one that is being cured with Paracetamol (Tempra for Via) while the rashes go away on its own. Sponge bath is also advised so the little one is able to release some body heat and feel better. It is also recommended that the child stays at home while she has it and that parents and family should give more tender, loving care and understanding especially since most babies are very irritated when they have it.

Via had it for a week, which caused her to drop some pounds because of poor appetite. She also liked being cuddled the entire time she was sick.

Roseola-infected Via

Roseola-infected Via

If you suspect that your baby has Roseola, better have an appointment with her Pediatrician to it can be addressed properly. Mommies, always remember that it is best not to self-medicate. After all, it is our baby’s life that is at steak no matter how simple the symptoms of the disease are. Better safe than sorry, right? 

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Our well baby is finally home! :)

Our well baby is finally home! 🙂

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