Monday, February 6, 2012

Roseola!

What is roseola?

Roseola (roseola infantum) is a mild illness caused by a virus. It is generally harmless and is most common in children 6 months to 2 years of age. It is rare after age 4.

What causes roseola?

Roseola is caused by two common viruses. The viruses belong to the family of herpes viruses, but they do not cause the cold sores or genital infections that herpes simplex viruses can cause. They are spread through tiny droplets of fluid from the nose and throat of infected people when they laugh, talk, sneeze, or cough. Roseola mostly spreads from infected people who don’t show symptoms.
If your child has roseola, keep him or her at home until there has been no fever for 24 hours and he or she is feeling better.

What are the symptoms of roseola?

Roseola often starts with a sudden high fever [103°F (39.4°C) to 105°F (40.6°C)] that lasts 2 to 3 days, although it can last up to 8 days. The rapid increase in temperature may be the first sign of roseola and often occurs before you realize that your child has a fever. The fever ends suddenly.

After the fever ends, a rosy-pink rash may appear mostly on the trunk (torso), neck, and arms. The rash is not itchy and may last 1 to 2 days.

A child with roseola may appear fussy or irritable and may have a decreased appetite.

Well, as you can see, we found out what Logan has been battling!  Roseola!  Poor guy.  Just as the doctor said, the fever did finally break by late Friday night but then the rash spread like crazy the next day and is now almost all over his body!  During the day he is a bit fussier, sleeps more and doesn't want many solids but he is usually not too bad.  However, it has not been fun at night, let me tell you.  He has been sleeping in our bed and Roberto (the hero that he is) is the one that's up with him the most.  He can survive on less sleep than me.  I usually pass out earlier closer to midnight or 11p and am pretty comatose!  Hopefully the rash will be gone in the next few days.  It seems to be a bit itchy too which is no fun either!

We have been putting Logan on his tummy more and more to see if he will crawl but he just doesn't seem to want to.  He does enjoy walking though, maybe he will skip crawling, although I've heard from many people that crawling helps a baby's brain developement so we'll see what happens.  He is getting really good at rolling over though, since he doesn't want to be on his stomach and crawl! 

Something else he also likes is getting his picture taken!  Obviously we have the camera and phone up in his face far too much because now he starts out w/a blank or straight face and then when he hears the camera clicking he starts posing and smiling! 

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