Questions Regarding Roseola

Updated on September 29, 2008
T.P. asks from Makawao, HI
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My 15 month old daughter had a high fever along with runny nose and a terrible caugh for 5-6 days. On the 7th day, she broke out with red little dots all over her body. I talked with a nurse at my doc's office but she was in a rush because they were about to close their office for the day. She had told me that she had gotten Roseola and that she'll be fine. I wasn't able to even get an explanation as far as what it is, is it contageous, how long will these dots appear, etc. Basically I just need some help to understand exactly what it is and what I should be doing...Help......

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answers from Los Angeles on

My son had it too at 10 months. Roseola is baby measles and yes it is contagious however it is contagious when you can't really tell that they have it (right at the beginning when you just think they have a cold). It is pretty common and for the most part is just frustrating for your little one. My son was very tired and needy for 3 days after he got the rash but was back to his crazy little self quickly. More than anything, it was scary for me to see my very active child not want to move around and his appetite was very small. It all passed though. You can read up on it on the internet. The rash should pass in about 5 to 7 days. My doctor told me 2 days but it took my son about 6. Keep an eye on your daughter for a high fever (over 103+) and make sure she is getting plenty of fluids.

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answers from Honolulu on

I'm not a Doctor but, in my experience with my 2 children.... whenever they got sick with fever.... a few days later or after it subsided... they got what is called a "viral rash" or "fever rash." It is basically the toxins leaving the body. In this case, it is not contagious, not dangerous, but just looks icky. This is per our Pediatrician whenever I took them to the Doctor to check this "rash" eruption after a cold/fever.

The child "may" feel uncomfortable... but it will go away after a few days or a week or so. It goes away on it's own.

My son would be a little more fussy during the "rash" but my daughter on the other hand wouldn't be bothered by it.

This is a common thing after having a fever.

Take care,



answers from Los Angeles on

Roseola is another "rite of passage" for new moms. My daughter got this too. Your daughter's spots are probably gone by the time you get these responses! It is highly contagious though so I would notify any other moms you were with the past few days, if they have young ones. Last spring I was talking about how my daughter had a fever for a couple nights to a coworker who had a kid about the same age. She said her son just had roseola and described it. Later that afternoon I took mine to the Dr's appt I had made due to the ongoing fever, and couldn't help looking at a big poster they had up with a description and illustrated picture of a child with roseola...I thought, wow, that's pretty weird lookin'... sure enough later that night my daughter was covered in those very same hives. I actually felt relieved because it explained the last three days of fever. And I can't help but wonder if my coworker passed it through me, even though our children had never met...



answers from Lincoln on

roseola does not come with a cough, and the the high fever should only last 1 or 2 days and it would all go away after 3 or 4 max, if it did go away then i suppose you have nothing to worry about, it is a totally normal childhood illness, if how ever she's still got a fever or still has the rash, go to the dr right away.



answers from Honolulu on

Hey Treen..Well, you know Cianna had Roseola before. It isn't too much to worry about. The spots are actually then end of the virus. You should keep baby T away from the other babies just till the spots are gone. Cianna's spots lasted about a week. She was completely fine though. There is nothing more you can do but wait out the end of it. I got some of the cutest pics of Cianna in her cute little outfits with all her polka dots..LOL. First of the polka dotted viruses..LOL. Cianna had Hand, foot, and mouth, Roseola, Hives, and I just look forward to the darn Chicken Pox..LOL. Well, call me if you need any more info. Luv ya and hugs to You, T, and baby T.



answers from Los Angeles on

Hi Trina,

Something no one else mentioned is that vaccinations can cause this as well as there are viral strains in them along with many other ingredients that you would not normally want to put into your baby. Please do some research on this before your next round of shots. For more information on 'the other side': go to the vaccine section - there are studies to refer to as well



answers from Santa Barbara on

From Dr. Sear's web site:

Your one-year-old has had a high fever for the past three days, and naturally you are worried. This morning the fever seems to have subsided, but your child has suddenly broken out with a red rash all over the body. What could this be? Is it serious? Should you rush to the doctor? Here is the Dr. Sears guide to this very common childhood illness.

It is a usually harmless illness caused by a virus. It occurs almost only in children age 3 months to 3 years, most often between 9-12 months. It is probably the most common cause of fever in this age group.

This virus generally causes 3 days of high fever (often over 103). The fever then subsides, and the child breaks out in a flat or bumpy red rash, usually starting around the neck, back and chest, then spreading out. The rash lasts a few days to a couple weeks.

Dr. Sears Clue: Roseola is about the only virus in which the rash appears after the fever breaks.

Sometimes this virus will cause 3 to 7 days of high fever, with no other symptoms and no rash. Some children will have swelling of the glands in the front and back of the neck, runny nose, cough, ear pain, vomiting or diarrhea with this illness. Children can have one or all of these symptoms.

Dr. Sears Clue: The characteristic of Roseola is that infants don't seem very sick and act almost well when the high fever comes down.

It is contagious from about two days before the fever starts until 1 or 2 days after the fever is gone, even if the rash continues. Children who are fever-free for 1 or 2 days can return to school, even if they still have rash. It is passed via saliva, runny nose, or cough. The incubation period (time from when your child is exposed to the time of actual illness) is around 10 days.

You essentially just treat any symptoms that are bothering your child. There is no actual treatment for this virus. The main thing to keep in mind is that this virus can cause high fevers. Try to be diligent in treating moderate to high fevers. Click here on fever for guidelines.

There is no urgency to see doctor for this illness.



answers from Los Angeles on

if its roseola (aka the 3 day measles) then she should be fine in like a week after breaking out if not sooner. just giver her tylenol or motrin for the fevers and if she seems really itchy or aggravated then i would suggest 1/3tspn of childrens benadryl (its a safe amount for her age thats what i had to give my nephew at her age when got it). just wait it out. hope shes better soon good luck!

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