Last night she had a bum rash and diarrhea and then at 4am I noticed red splotches on her stomach. I quickly woke up my mom. She didn't have a temp, so we were very confused. It looked like a heat rash or an allergic reaction. We had taken down the Chrsitmas tree that evening and she had been playing in the needles, so we decided it was a contact reaction and put her back to bed. My mom then remembered something we had read the night she had a fever- something where you have a fever, no other symptoms, and then once the fever is gone you get a rash. Roseola! We looked it up and everything fit! We thought it was kinda funny that the first time she gets sick, she gets a real thing- a virus- not something like the common cold! I am thankful her little body is so healthy and strong!!
Facts about Roseola compared to Lexi- Everything fit perfectly!
- Roseola is most common in children 6 to 24 months of age. The average age at onset is around 9 months. Go figure- it's contracted by putting things in your mouth!
- Infants and toddlers routinely will develop sudden symptoms with a sudden onset of a high fever that lasts for 3-5 days and mild diarrhea. Within 12-24 hours of the fever breaking, a rash rapidly appears. This is exactly how it happened with Lexi, only her fever didn't last this long :)
- The fever can be quite high. The fever averages 103.5 F, but it can go up as high as 106 F. Lexi's high was 103.5!