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14 Month Old Fever over 101 W/ Red Face and Hot Spots on Body

My son has been running a fever for a couple days, he's eating and drinking less than normal but ok, no vomiting, no diarrhea, sleeps well. Acts happy for the most part. But, as his momma, I can tell he's not feeling all that well, plus this morning he woke up with red cheeks and he has a couple hot spots on his body that are also producing red skin. One area in particular is his leg/outer thigh area.

He's not coughing, breathing fine, no swollen glands...

He seems to be teething...drool, chewing and biting his finger and anything else he can stick in there...

Am I missing anything? Does it warrant a Dr's visit?

What can I do next?

So What Happened?™

It's just Roseola, no big deal. Thanks for everyone's concerned responses. The reason I waited to go to the Dr is because Ethan developed a fever on Saturday afternoon, and I could tell he didn't feel well, but he was still eating and drinking, no diarrhea or vomiting, so nothing concerning. The fever was gone Sunday morning, but then came back in the afternoon...still, he acted fine, so I let him sleep on it. This morning he woke up still with fever so I called the Dr. He then developed red splotchy skin spots...still acted fine. Fever went down in temp throughout the day, then by the time we actually got to the Dr's office, the fever was gone! Still, blood test showed a virus...diagnosed as Roseola.

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sounds like 5th's disease. It is a virus that goes around like hand, foot and mouth disease. Both of my children had it over the last 3 weeks. Basically they can have it for up to a month before you even know they have it. Some children get fevers and some do not. Once the rash has broken out and the fever is gone, they are no longer contagious. Many do not even know they have it and then they see the rash and it is no longer contagious. It takes about a week of the rash to go away and can come back up to two weeks off and on. There is nothing you can give them b/c it is viral. We rubbed hydrocortisone b/c my kids said it itched a bit but really there is nothing you can do. Just wait it out. If you see him have trouble breathing or anything other than the hives or fever, take him in b/c it then could be more serious and could constrict his breathing. Allergies or sickness can do this but it sounds like 5ths disease...or "slapped face syndrome" is the nickname.

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Oh, my, why haven't you called the doctor??
Sometimes it's not urgent, but if the fever is not going down, and with the other symptoms, at least call the pediatrician and let them know what's been going on.
Hope all is well, but when it comes to the babies, I definitely would err on the cautious side, rather than wait more than two days.

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Hi A.~ It sounds like it might be Fifth Disease. Do a google search and look at some of the pictures of the red cheeks that are a prominent symptom. My daughter had this about 6 months ago. I called the doctor, but they did not have me bring her in. I simply treated her at home with Tylenol and cool wash rags.

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red skin and fever makes me think strep call the doc and get him in asap

I would take him to the dr, he could have strep since he is putting stuff in his mouth. his throat could be hurting.

sounds like 5th's disease. It is a virus that goes around like hand, foot and mouth disease. Both of my children had it over the last 3 weeks. Basically they can have it for up to a month before you even know they have it. Some children get fevers and some do not. Once the rash has broken out and the fever is gone, they are no longer contagious. Many do not even know they have it and then they see the rash and it is no longer contagious. It takes about a week of the rash to go away and can come back up to two weeks off and on. There is nothing you can give them b/c it is viral. We rubbed hydrocortisone b/c my kids said it itched a bit but really there is nothing you can do. Just wait it out. If you see him have trouble breathing or anything other than the hives or fever, take him in b/c it then could be more serious and could constrict his breathing. Allergies or sickness can do this but it sounds like 5ths disease...or "slapped face syndrome" is the nickname.

If he acts happy for the most part as you said, no I definitely would not take him in. If your mama alarms were going off, you wouldn't have taken time to post to mamasource, you'd already be at the doctor. You might enjoy this book- I've used it as a reference for all my kids:

"How to Raise A Healthy Child in Spite of your Doctor" by Dr. Richard Mendelsohn, MD

If he has had a sniffle lately (who hasn't this time of year) it could be 5ths disease. It is also called slap face because of the rash on the cheeks. You also get a rash on the trunk which sometimes spreads to the limbs. It is contagious, but not harmful unless the infected child is around a pregnant person (it can be bad for the fetus). There is nothing they can do for it as it is a virus, but from my experience with it the kids usually don't have a fever with it. You could always call the nurse line at the pediatricians office to see if you should bring him in.

My little girl went through the same problem when she was 16 months. Per her DR 101 is not a fever because children’s body heat is higher than adults, but it could be higher due to teething. For the red face and hot spots the DR advised us to keep her room moist and cool and to wipe her down with a cool wash cloth. It took about 3 days and with teething tablets, a humidifier in her room, and the cool wash cloth the hot spots and red face were gone. I really hope this helps!

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