Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Well, we officially have a reason for last weekend's fever.

I got home from work tonight and as I was indulging in an evening snuggle, I realize Robbie had a rash all over his tummy. Upon further inspection, it's up his chest, all over his back, even a very small patch up his neck onto his face. I knew almost immediately what it was.

After some quick googling, I felt pretty confident that it was Roseola. I put in a call to the doctor's exchange just to make sure there was nothing else we needed to do. The nurse called back and agreed it was very likely Roseola and that no, there was no treatment at all. We just have to keep him home until he's no longer contagious, usually 1-3 days until the rash is gone.

Roseola is pretty benign in the grand scheme of illnesses. Usually 3-7 days of a highish fever (usually 103) followed by 1-3 days of rash. It is sometimes accompanied by a sore throat and usually some lethargy. Robbie's pretty much textbook. His fever was 102 all weekend, but that was with Motrin and Tylenol. He's definitely been tired. The poor boy took a nearly 4 hour nap at daycare today. I'm pretty sure that's a record.

Since it doesn't usually trouble adults, we're probably all fine. And really, Robbie seems fine, too. He was happy and playing tonight, even annoyed with me for trying to interrupt his precious playtime to try to get a few pictures. But I managed anyway!

No time to look at the camera, Mom. I have a very important toy to chew.

Yucky rash

His whole trunk looks like this

But he's still happy to play!



Adriane said...

Poor Robbie!! Hope he feels better soon.

Anonymous said...

If he had a fever why was he at daycare??

Anonymous said...

I think he goes to a daycare for medically fragile kids, ms. judgemental pants. She wouldn't have sent him if it weren't okay. This is someone's blog, take your negative comments elsewhere!

Trish said...

hahahaha.. Anonymous #1. His fever broke on Sunday. He did not go to daycare on Monday. He needs to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to daycare.

He was healthy and well (and fever free for ~36 hours) and went on Tuesday. Tuesday night, he had a rash. The night nurse said he was contagious, so he is not at daycare today.
The doctor says he is NOT contagious any longer, so he'll be back tomorrow.

Not that I particularly owe you an explanation, but there ya go.

Anonymous #2- Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I truly was just asking a question...why assume my question was asked in a negative manner??
Thank you for answering because yes you did not have to.

Azaera said...

Damn maybe that's what Sky has. I saw a little rash begining on his tummy today, a couple of red spots, and he's been a bit warm with pink cheeks. Hmm.. I hope Robbie gets better soon! At least you know what's wrong, that's a good thing.

Trish said...

Azaera, with roseola, it's usually 2-4 days of high fever (102-104) and then about 24 hours after the fever breaks, then they get a measles like rash.
There is also Hand Foot & Mouth disease which has some similar symptoms, but the rash is more on the hands and feet (and sores in the mouth.)
And Fifths disease, which I think also is similar.

Sunny said...

Awwww... poor kiddo. What a trooper, it doesn't even seem to bother him! Glad you figured it out.