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Roseola

What is roseola?

  • It is a viral infection which causes rashes on infants and children who are between the ages of 6-24 months old.

Signs and Symptoms

  • High fever above 103 degrees Fahrenheit that lasts 3-7 days.
  • Fever may cause seizures.
  • Most often the child is not very ill whenever fever is present.
  • A red, raised rash lasting for hours to several days becomes apparent the day the fever breaks.

Incubation and Contagious Period

  • Incubation period is from 9-10 days.
  • Contagious period is still unknown.

How does the virus spread?

  • From direct person to person contact.
  • Sometimes the virus exists in the nose or throat secretions of healthy people who’ve had the disease in the past.
  • Most people get the disease early in life and some have it without any signs or symptoms.
  • Most children have the infection by the time they’re four years old.
  • Saliva from ¾ of adults without symptoms contains the infectious virus.

How is it controlled?

  • Frequent hand washing.

Caregiver, Teacher, and Family Roles

  • Report the infection to staff members of the child care programs or school for decisions and action related level of care for the ill child.
  • Alerts all possible exposed family members and staff to keep an eye out for symptoms.
  • Inform parents about the nature of the infection.
  • The fever phase is of a concern, but once the rash appears then the child is heading for the recovery phase.

Group Setting

  • It is unnecessary to exclude children from group settings unless the child is unable to participate or has a change in behavior.
  • Readmit children to group settings when the child is able to participate and staff members determine that they’re able to care for the child without compromising their ability to care for the health and safety of the other children.

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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