Roseola Infantum or Baby Measles
Having fever during childhood is normal. But as a parent, we have to be proactive when it comes to our baby’s health. One of the illnesses encountered by our babies if the Roseola Infantum or simply the Baby Measles.
You might be surprised if your baby got high fever averaging 101-105 degrees Fahrenheit. The fever usually strike in the late afternoon until midnight. After three days, the fever will disappear, but then tiny red spots or bumps will appear in her back, neck, stomach and some on her face. If your little one is experiencing these symptoms, she may have acquired a viral infection called Roseola Infantum which is caused by Human Herpes Virus 6 (HHV-6).
Don’t panic. It is common for babies from 6 months to 4 years to have this infection. The signs and symptoms of Roseola Infantum are high fever for 3-5 days, appearance of rashes that begins on stomach when fever disappears, and sometimes accompanied by mild cough or flu. There is no available medication or vaccine for this type of viral illness. But you can do simple procedures to lower your baby’s fever to prevent complications due to high temperature.
Here are some of the tips that can be done for your little one:
- Just give her sponge bath during the time she has rashes. Never apply alcohol on the sponge bath.
- Give her comfortable clothes to avoid itchiness or heat rashes.
- Give her plenty of fluids to keep her hydrated. Let her eat more fruits and vegetables to give her higher resistance against viruses.
- Giving her Paracetamol will help lower her fever. A damp cloth can be put on her forehead to help decrease high temperature in her body.