Roseola rash symptoms in babies

Roseola rash or in other medical terms called roseola infantum, is a viral infection usually caused by herpes type 6 virus that affects infants or children with the main symptoms of fever and pink rash on the skin. The age of six months to one and a half years is the most vulnerable age to this condition.

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Symptoms Roseola rash in babies

The roseola symptoms usually appear after the virus incubates in the body for 1-2 weeks. In the early stages, infants or children affected by roseola will experience a high fever, cough and colds, sore throat, and no appetite. In addition to these symptoms, some patients will also experience swollen glands in the neck, mild diarrhea, and swelling of the eyelid.

After three or four days later, the fever will usually subside and continue with the appearance of a pink rash that will fill the back, abdomen, and chest. Even in some cases, rashes that do not itch or ill this also appear on the face and feet. Within two days usually the rash will gradually disappear.

Treatment of Roseola in babies

Roseola usually heals within a week (calculated from the emergence of fever to rash) is sufficient through care at home. However, if your child has a high fever up to more than 39.4 degrees Celsius, the rash on his skin still has not disappeared after three days, or even experienced convulsions due to his fever, immediately consult his doctor. Complications of seizures associated with fever in roseola cases are actually rare.

As your child begins to have a fever, make sure he is resting on his bed completely until his condition is fully restored. Keep your child's room temperature cool and do not give him a blanket that is too thick.

Give your child a drink as often as possible although he does not feel thirsty for the fever can quickly subside and avoid dehydration. As much as possible avoid the use of painkillers, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol, unless your child is depressed by the condition. Do not give aspirin to children under the age of 16 without a prescription from a doctor.

Roseola Prevention in babies

Children who have been exposed to roseola will generally not get this condition again for a second time because antibodies that are already able to fight the HHV-6 virus have been formed. Therefore the case of roseola in adults is very rare, unless the patient has never been exposed to this condition when small or has a weakened immune system due to a condition (eg due to HIV virus or due to side effects of chemotherapy treatment).

Until now there has been no vaccine that can prevent roseola because it's the best step that can be done to prevent transmission is to keep your child away from the patient so as not to be exposed. if your child is sick roseola, stop all the activities he used to do outside (eg play or study) until the symptoms healed completely.

Do not forget to always maintain hygiene if there is a roseola patient at home so we do not become a medium of transmission indirectly outside.

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