Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ring Around The Roseola!

You have to love childhood.  I am sure we all block it out eventually but my gosh, kids get sick a lot while developing their immune systems!  The Hubster, my son and I all have rockin' immune systems.  I am not trying to tempt fate here, but we rarely get sick and when we do it's usually mild or a quick thing (knock on wood).  On the other hand, my poor Jilly has been sick off and on for almost 7 weeks.
Last night I got a glimpse into what's up with her now.  She had a fever all weekend of 103, mild diarrhea, rubbing her eyes, her eyes rolling slightly up, runny nose and not wanting to drink or eat much.  Dougie Howser was not helpful but we know that kids get viruses and as long as that was what it was, we would keep on doing what we were doing (you know, not sleeping, getting slimed and pulling out our hair...normal stuff)

When I picked her up from daycare last night she had been about 36 hours fever-free.  She was still quite fussy, so once dinner was on we sat and rocked.  I tickled her belly and noticed slight bumps.  Upon looking I found a very light rash covering her entire front and back.  Oh boy.  Being the search-queen that I am off I went to my friend Google to type in 'baby, high fever, rash'.  The very first thing that popped up was 

Here are the symptoms.
The time between becoming infected and the beginning of symptoms (incubation period) is 5 to 15 days.
The first symptoms include:
  • Eye redness
  • Irritability
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • High fever, that comes on quickly and may be as high as 105° Fahrenheit and can last 3 to 7 days
About 2-4 days after becoming sick, the child's fever lowers and a rash appears. This rash usually:
  • Starts on the middle of the body and spreads to the arms, legs, neck, and face.
  • Pink or rose-colored,
  • Has small sores that are slightly raised
The rash lasts from a few hours to 2 - 3 days. It usually does not itch.

I have to say it is almost IDENTICAL to Jillian's symptomology.  I am part of on online Mommy Group and went off to post that I think Jilly has Roseola.  As soon as I opened the group page I found a post by an online friend who I'd recently met.  Her daughter was diagnosed with roseola...the same day!  The girls had been feeding each other Cheerios 7 days before that.  According to everything we have both read the icubation period should have been longer (since both girls developed fever within three days) but I don't think it's a coincidence...I think they shared more than lunch!  Ah childhood...when it is still socially acceptable to stick your fingers in someone else's mouth! ;)

The plus side is that once the rash appears, it is no longer contagious and the rash is not known to be itchy or uncomfortable (thank goodness for small blessings!)  So while she still has a bit of a cough and runny nose, I am hoping that this is the first step towards her finally getting healthy...fingers crossed!

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