Holy Roseola!

Though we did get over 2 feet of snow dumped on us this weekend, we’ll wait until the next post to showcase the “snowmageddon” pictures. It seems like every other post we do these days is about illness in the household. The culprit this time- roseola. Apparently, most children get this lovely virus by the time they’re 2 years old. It is highly contagious and spreads just like a cold. Gotta love those daycare germs!

So on Wednesday night, after his post-daycare nap, I picked Curly up from his crib and noticed that he was burning up. His temperature was just over 103. This was the first time he’s ever had such a  fever. We promptly administered ibuprofin and monitored his behavior. He wasn’t acting any differently than normal- still playful and smiling. Drank a decent amount of his bottle, but not the whole thing. We took his temperature again an hour later and it had dropped 2 degrees. Since it was responding to the medicine and there were no other symptoms to worry about, we put him to bed and he slept through the night. In the morning, his temperature was just above 99. He drank his whole bottle and seemed fine. We gave him another dose of ibuprofin and brought him to daycare.

Picked him up from daycare and he had no temperature. The daycare providers had no concerns with him throughout the day. So we considered the fever just one of those strange things. Until his bath later that night. We noticed tiny pink spots on his chest. They were so light that we didn’t know if it was because he had been sleeping on his tummy or what (he’s got such a light complexion that red marks are common regardless of the cause). He again slept through the night. The next morning, those pink dots had crept up to his face and covered his torso. The mommies freaked out.

Click the link below for more of the story and pictures. Be warned- the rash is quite graphic and shocking, but we thought it would be helpful for other parents to see…

Curly on Friday morning:

Because of the impending snowstorm, my work was canceled on Friday. If it hadn’t been, I would’ve taken off for Curly’s sake. He was now acting cranky, had much less of an appetite, and of course, was Spotty McSpotterson. He ran a slight fever, hovering around 99/100. Our research efforts led us to believe that it was roseola- characterized by a sudden high-spiking fever, and then when the fever breaks, a massive viral body rash that does not itch and is not painful, just looks awful.

And man, awful was just the tip of the iceberg.

Curly on Saturday:

The spots were everywhere- from his earlobes down to his toes. In many places, they coalesced into big red patches. We had to try and force-feed him his bottles and were lucky if he would take 19 or 20 ounces of formula (he usually takes 28). He would awaken in the night crying because he was hungry, but he’d drink only enough to abate the hunger and then refuse any more. We had 2 nights like that before things started to improve.

By Sunday, the rash had moved down to his legs and was mostly gone from his upper body.

And today he is almost all better. Much better appetite for formula and solids, and the rash is nearly gone from his legs now.

Eating breakfast this morning:

So that was the roseola ordeal. Scary, but it ran its course and he should have immunity from getting it again. Now can he please stay healthy for the rest of the month??

18 responses to “Holy Roseola!

  1. wishinghopingpraying

    Poor peanut! I am glad he is feeling better. PBS had that too, her fever would not break for days. It’s so hard to see them uncomfortable. Hoping for healthier days for you all.

  2. Oh poor little guy! Glad to hear that he’s over the hump.

  3. God I hate when they get sick! I’m glad he’s better now 🙂

  4. Oh, poor guy. That rash looks miserable. I’m glad you posted about this. Now I will know what it is when it happens to us. We catch everything so I know we will get it at some point. Ugh.
    I hope that everyone is healthy soon!! I can’t wait until spring.

  5. oh man! poor baby!

    scary all the things out there – i didnt even know about this one…

  6. Oh, I would have downloaded in my pants for sure! It looks so bad. I’m glad to hear it was nothing really serious and that Miles is doing better. He doesn’t look happy in that pic but at least he’s not speckled. Poor guy.

    Can’t wait to see the snowmagedon pics!

  7. Poor little man! So glad he is doing better!

  8. Holland had roseola around 5 months (I think) and it’s freaky!!!!!! Thank goodness it doesn’t seem to bother them too much.

    You’re lucky that you can take him to daycare if he had a fever the night before. Holland has to be fever free for 24 hours which is annoying when he wakes up feeling perfectly fine but he had a fever at noon the day before!

  9. Poor little guy! That is a frightening rash, for sure. I’m glad he’s gotten better.

  10. yucky! miles has definitely had his fair share!! i am crossing my fingers that this is the last of it. i am glad you showed pics..now i know if it happens to D. sick babies are scary

  11. Holy monkey! You two are braver than I am! I would have totally freaked out! That poor baby… it looks horrible (although he doesn’t look like he’s in much pain). Glad you were able to stay home with him and I hope this is the last of his day care sickies for a while.

    Thanks for sharing, while I hope we don’t see this anytime soon, at least I won’t pass out if we do.

  12. Poor guy just can’t catch a break this winter! I’m glad to hear that he’s on the mend.
    Thank you for sharing the pics- it’s helpful to know what things look like.

  13. Poor boy. Yes, we remember Danny’s bout with roseola well and fully expect that his little brother will get it too. It is scary looking but at least when you understand what it is, it’s not quite so frightening. Glad to see that last photo of him back to normal. Take care during this round two of the Blizzard of 2010!

  14. Wow – how scary! I’m glad he’s over the worst of it and I hope that’s the last sickness in your household for a good long time!

  15. Oh, poor kiddo. His puzzled face at the end is killer – “Moms, why does this stuff happen?” But so glad to hear he’s over the worst of it. I hadn’t even heard about this one… note to self.

  16. Poor kid! I hope he stays healthy for the rest of the winter now.

  17. Poor little guy! So glad he’s feeling better.

  18. Wow, what a winter so far!
    I’m glad he’s feeling better.

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