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  1. My Daughter has Roseola now. She is 11 ! I was a stay at home mom so she never went to daycare as a toddler and never contracted it at a younger age. Her fever was 104-105 and came and went. Sometimes her temp would be normal, then in an hour, shoot up to high grade. It was strange. Fever period lasted 9 days. Fever broke on its own on the 9th day, evidenced by the usual profusion of sweat, waking up drenched in sweat enough to have wet pajamas that need changing. Got her a bath to clean off the sweat and germs, and noticed the rash coming up. I put some baking soda in the bath water to calm the skin. The rash appeared first on one thigh, then spread to trunk, arms, and face. The rash only lasted an hour or two, then went completely away ! As the day wore on, the rash would come up somewhere on her body (the face rash came and went again) and then disappear. Today we are on day two after the fever broke, and she woke up this morning with rash areas on her arms and trunk. Last night as we watched a movie on TV, rash broke out on her thighs, both of them, then subsided about two hours later. Very sporadic ailment ! Hard to anticipate when fever or rash will come on.

  2. Yup, my son had it at 5 months, to the day. Of course it had to be between well-visits, right?! The fever was pretty scary, he felt hot to the touch all over his head, but he acted like his normal self. We gave him cool baths, and wiped him w/ cool washcloths, and gave him some doc prescribed medicine (generic Tylenol). His fever was 102.7 when we went to the doctors, reached 103.2 by the time we got there; 4 miles down the road! The fever was the scariest part b/c he didn’t act differently, had normal diapers, and ate just fine. The doctor didn’t call it roseola, he didn’t know what to think, just said “give Tylenol,” I’m assuming b/c baby didn’t have the identifying rash yet. My wife’s friend’s 4 children all had roseola at some point, so we showed her a pic when the rash developed two days later and she confirmed it looked like it. The rash only lasted a few hours and was gone by the next day. Not too bad of a first illness, but we were vigilant and lucky that other problems didn’t arise.

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