Sunday, January 2, 2011

Lexi's first illness

Lexi is a very healthy kid.  One time she got diarrhea, but we are pretty sure it was because of the blueberries I had been giving her.  On Thursday she woke up with a fever of 102.  She didn't have anything else wrong- no runny nose, not rubbing her ears, no cough.  So we decided it was because of the tooth she was getting.  At 1am Friday morning her temp was up to 103.5. My mom and I called my dad and googled (lol).  We decided there wasnt anything to worry about and to give her a bath, put her in lighter pjs and give her some medicine.  She went back to sleep by 2 and stayed asleep until 8am.  When she woke up her fever was gone and she was acting like her normal happy self :)  

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!


meaningfulmothering said...

hope she gets feeling better soon.

Sandy -- As Told By Mommy said...

What a strange thing!! Poor little angel! Hope she is all better soon!