Monday, September 14, 2009

ROSEOLA = NOT SO MUCH FUN



So Christopher, decided to get sick. Big time. I would go into details about what occurred over the past 5 days, but well the kidshealth.org website basically explains everything we went through. It was probably the most frustrating 5 days of my life. And it hasn't ended. And for your viewing pleasure I have decided to post pictures.
Again, I figured since Christopher's illness was textbook, I'd just copy and paste this (my edits are in bold and italics):
About Roseola Roseola (also known as sixth disease, exanthem subitum, and roseola infantum) is a viral illness in young children, most commonly affecting those between the ages of 6 months and 2 years. It is typically marked by several days of high fever, followed by a distinctive rash just as the fever breaks. Two common and closely related viruses can cause roseola: human herpesvirus (HHV) type 6 and possibly type 7. These two viruses belong to the same family as the better-known herpes simplex viruses (HSV), but HHV-6 and HHV-7 do not cause the cold sores and genital herpes infections that HSV can cause.
Signs and Symptoms A child with roseola typically develops a mild upper respiratory illness, followed by a high fever (often over 103° Fahrenheit, or 39.5° Celsius) for up to a week. Christopher was usually around or above 103°. During this time, the child may appear fussy or irritable (MAJOR UNDERSTATEMENT) and may have a decreased appetite and swollen lymph nodes (glands) in the neck. The high fever often ends abruptly, like the snap of a finger, and at about the same time a pinkish-red flat or raised rash appears on the child's trunk and spreads over the body which scared the crap out of me. The rash's spots blanch (turn white) when you touch them, and individual spots may have a lighter "halo" around them. The rash usually spreads to the neck, face, arms, and legs.
Contagiousness Roseola is contagious and spreads through tiny drops of fluid from the nose and throat of infected people. These drops are expelled when the infected person talks, laughs, sneezes, or coughs. Then if other people breathe the drops in or touch them and then touch their own noses or mouths, they can become infected as well. I'm wondering if some kid had this at the zoo. This is why I don't ever leave the house. The viruses that cause roseola do not appear to be spread by kids while they are exhibiting symptoms of the illness. Instead, someone who has not yet developed symptoms often spreads the infection.

Prevention There is no known way to prevent the spread of roseola. Because the infection usually affects young children but rarely adults, it is thought that a bout of roseola in childhood may provide some lasting immunity to the illness. Repeat cases of roseola may occur, but they are not common.
Duration The fever of roseola lasts from 3 to 7 days, followed by a rash lasting from hours to a few days.
Professional Treatment To make a diagnosis, your doctor first will take a history and do a thorough physical examination. A diagnosis of roseola is often uncertain until the fever drops and the rash appears, so the doctor may order tests to make sure that the fever is not caused by another type of infection. Your doctor will do nothing of the sort. They will tell you it's a virus, it needs to work it's way out of the body. He will then collect your copay and send you on your way empty handed. The illness typically does not require professional treatment, and when it does, most treatment is aimed at reducing the high fever. Antibiotics cannot treat roseola because a virus, not a bacterium, causes it.

Home Treatment Until the fever drops, you can help keep your child cool using a sponge or towel soaked in lukewarm water. Do not use ice, cold water, alcohol rubs, fans, or cold baths. Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) can help to reduce your child's fever. To prevent dehydration from the fever, encourage your child to drink clear fluids such as water with ice chips, children's electrolyte solutions, flat sodas like ginger ale or lemon-lime (stir room-temperature soda until the fizz disappears), or clear broth. - Absolutely not possible. They don't want to eat or drink anything.


So, in short, I'm ready to deal with anything. Except, not right now. I'm tired. I'll be back in a few weeks for the big blog.
And hey Amy - I guess it's a good thing we didn't meet and bring the kids to our Mommy lunch at Magpie's! We'll reschedule soon. How's Friday?

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