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Comment from: Neico, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 09

My son 9 months old suddenly developed fever up to 38.8 C. Then it disappeared on the 4th day, followed by the appearance of rashes starting on the face, then the body and back on the 5th day. We are still observing if it will spread to the extremities.

Comment from: RogerPenna, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 15

My daughter out of nothing had this very sudden and high fever, starting on a Wednesday, 4 days after her first birthday party. In the first day of fever, it was a mild 37.5 C fever, and she seemed will enough. Except for the temperature, she did not seem to have a fever at all. In the 2nd day the fever got to near 40 C (39.7) and she was quite irritable, wanted to be carried around and was very sad. But she never lost appetite. So we called her doctor and he told us to keep an eye on her and call him again if she lost appetite, developed diarrhea or coughing and sneezing and also told us to give her some paracetamol. Saturday morning she woke up with her head cool and indeed, the fever was gone. A few hours later we noticed some rashes in her neck and chest. It's Sunday night as I write this. She was covered in rashes at her chest and back, as well as some on the sides of her face and side of the forehead. We called the doctor this morning and he already said it was roseola, which confirmed our suspicions based on the symptoms. We are not sure it itches but she has been irritated only when at home with mom and dad. We visited neighbors yesterday and my mother today and she was a perfect lady both times, just to arrive home, start crying and wanting to be carried around, not usual behavior.

Comment from: 3/20/14, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 10

My daughter is 10 months old and had diarrhea, fussiness, and a fever of 103.6 for 5 days. She started out with a small rash on her chest, which her doctor attributed to teething. By the fifth day her fever broke (cool cloth and Tylenol), and on the sixth day we woke up to a rash on her tummy, chest, neck and face. We took her to the doctor and they said it was roseola. The next day she had a rash on her entire body including palms of hands and bottoms of feet. We took her to the emergency room and they said she has an extreme case of roseola. The rash went away over the weekend with just remnants of the rash left. Then on Sunday the rash started to appear again, now it's Monday and it's back full force. I am trying to get her in to see her doctor. She does seem more tired than usual.

Comment from: [email protected], 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I am a 35 year old female, who developed roseola as a child. I have had numerous episodes of it growing up and still to this day get it. As I have gotten older the rash is not bad at all, I just get it on my upper body. I never paid any mind to a fever, so I can't say if I had one beforehand or not. Other than this I must say I'm a pretty healthy adult, and the outbreak only happens every so many years. I hope this may help someone.

Comment from: Cinf35, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 20

My daughter had a fever that at times reached 103.7. On the third day, we took her to the doctor. He looked in her ears, in her throat, and took a urine and blood sample. Everything looked fine. He suggested Tylenol or Motrin to reduce the fever, but I prefer to let the fever run its course, as it is the body's way of fighting infection. Her fever broke on the third day without any intervention (of course, it happened after having spent 4 hours at the doctor’s office!). The next evening I noticed a rash that began on her chest and has spread to her back and neck. This is day two of roseola.

Comment from: cheezeheadtn, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 25

My 2 1/2 year old started to get cold like symptoms for a few days, then we took her to her doctor on a Monday afternoon to try and get relief, nothing but a steroid was given to help her out. Tuesday morning, she woke up with a high fever (103 deg), and it got higher very fast. By 2 pm it was running at 105! We struggled with the high fever, not wanting to drink (or urinate) throughout the day and night, then it peaked at 104 on Wednesday early morning. She took a 4 hour nap Wednesday afternoon, woke up, and it was almost gone! The highest it got Wednesday night was 101.5! Thursday early evening, my husband and I noticed a bunch of light pink spots all over her back and front, and around her neck. She woke up Friday morning just the same. Doctor confirmed Friday that she definitely had roseola, and felt relieved to have a solid diagnosis! Whew... what a week. My suggestion to you is get a handle on the fever early with Tylenol and Motrin, let your child sleep, make sure they drink, and just hold your little one! It will pass before you know it and they will be running around again! (Still not much of an appetite, but she’s drinking now.)

Comment from: nashwa1970, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 07

My 15 months girl suddenly developed a rising fever with loss of appetite and mild diarrhea for 2 days. The fever decreased by paracetamol suppository for only 2 hours after which it started to rise again. I kept using cold foments and dressed her in a light cotton shirt with lukewarm bath when necessary. She was fuzzy only when temperature was so high at 39.7, otherwise she was surprisingly ok despite fever; only clinging to me. After 1 1/2 days fever started to settle down and a pink reddish rash appeared on trunk, abdomen, back, neck, and limbs; no itching. She was okay and even playing but still refusing food and only taking breast milk. Of note: she was exposed to infected children with same disease 3 days before her roseola started.


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Comment from: confused mommy, 7-12 (Caregiver) Published: July 05

Wow, this Roseola must be new! I had never heard anything about it. But my 9 month old daughter got a sudden fever Thursday at daycare, 103. I took her to acute care immediately to rule out ear infection or strep. She continued running fever for 4 days. Then suddenly it stopped but she woke up with rash on face, neck, and on back. She was sleepier than normal and just wanted to be held. My main focus was to keep her eating or drinking when she had the fever and ibuprofen kept fever down.

Comment from: joannezz, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 07

My 19 month girl developed fever 5 days ago suddenly, about 39.4 degree. She looked fine and was energetic, didn't seems to be sick at all but we went to see doctor as her fever was constantly high. The urine test came back normal and the doctor gave us some medication and instructed us to feed her every 4 hours and go back again if the fever still remained high 3 to 4 days later. Her fever went down to 37 to 38 degree, sometimes normal during the day time, but the fever went up to 38 during night but we didn't bring her back to doctor, thinking that it was not threatening. Today is day 5 and she developed rashes and my mum suspected it to be fake measles aka roseola in which the rashes will eventually go off after a couple of days. Today she is still having slight fever at about 37.6 degree. We brought her to the doctor again and the doctor diagnosed it to be roseola due to the rashes, which was all over her body and face but it doesnt irritate her at all. Doctor says that it is okay and should be gone after couple of days. If her fever still didn't subside 2 days later, we should bring her to the hospital for a check again as usually the fever would have subsided after a couple of days but today is the 5th. She lost her appetite 2 days after the fever breakout and is having mild diarrhea. I hope she will get well by tomorrow!

Comment from: ARCKingston, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 16

My son had 4 days of fever ranging from 100 to 103 F. He is 4 years old. Yesterday he did not have a fever but today a red rash of roseola has appeared on his chest and upper torso.

Comment from: Sara, Female (Caregiver) Published: March 19

My 11 months old son had roseola, he first had high fever for 3days. After one day gap rashes appeared on his head, tummy and back and very next day the same rash appeared on his arms and legs. He is active and eating well but sleeping more then he normally does. It is the second day of the rash and I m waiting for the rash to go away.

Comment from: BabyMD, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 04

I was surprised that my 14 year old has roseola. He had the typical 3 days of fever followed by the characteristic rash. He is my oldest “patient” ever to have roseola (I am a pediatrician). I would mention that most patients have the rash for 3 to 6 days, not just 2 days.

Comment from: Macy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

My 11 month old had rash roseola, then fever spikes within couple hours. In 24 hours exactly, he went into febrile seizure. Fever is gone and the rash appeared again.

Comment from: mom of two, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 07

My 22 month old currently has roseola. He had 3 days of fevers, the highest reaching 102. The rash appeared 2 days after the fever was gone. My doctor told me it was going around after checking his ears and throat on day 1 of the fever. We are on day 4 of the rash now and he has a little left on his face.

Comment from: Mama, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 17

My 7 month old son is now getting over roseola. I had no idea that's what it was, nor had I even heard of it, but it was diagnosed at the urgent care clinic when the rash appeared and I took him there. He has had several of the symptoms described, and some additional ones, though not the seizures. His fever was between 101 and 103 and spiked to 104 before the rash came (he had the fever for about 4 total days). But he also had lots of vomiting and diarrhea, which I understand is not always associated with this disease. However, I had a serious stomach flu the day before he got sick, so I think maybe he had both at the same time - poor guy. He did show a loss of appetite, and like another baby, wanted to be held all the time and whimpered or cried if I tried to put him down (even to sleep). But now the rash is gone (after 3 total days) and he's sleeping better and eating better, even though he's not quite yet completely back to his active, happy self.

Comment from: jill, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I am an adult who contracted Roseola or Fifth Disease from a child. The other name I was told was Parvo disease. It is very rare for adults to contract it, but if you have a low immune system (we just came back from vacation from Mexico) you can get it. Symptoms were very high fever, chills and body aches. Next came the rash throughout the body. It actually took an Infectious Disease MD to diagnose this. As a result of this, I had arthritis for about 6 months following and have never been a healthy individual since. Prior I was in great shape and only got the common cold every now and then.


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Comment from: 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 13

My 15-month-old son is currently overcoming roseola. He was diagnosed yesterday, after having a high temperature for four days. His fever seems to have finally broken today, on the fifth day. Now, he is getting the rash all over his belly and back. His temperature came out of nowhere and went as high as 104.5. He had no other signs of illness other than the fever. I was concerned more by his behavior changes. He lost all interest in eating and playing. He preferred to have me holding him at all times and would whimper and cry when he is usually a very independent, happy little guy. We were winding up breastfeeding and were down to one feeding per day. Since being sick, he has reverted back to wanting to breastfeed all of the time. He also was very fatigued and slept much more than usual. His pediatrician said that once the rash appears, the illness is almost over. I am to bring him back if the fever spikes up again after the fifth day.

Comment from: Texas , 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 16

Our daughter is 23-months-old and recently caught roseola. We had no idea she was even sick. She developed a high fever and had a febrile seizure. She had strep tests and urinary tests done, and they came back negative. That scared us even more because we had no idea what was causing her high fever, seizure, sluggishness, loss of appetite, and sleepiness. The development of a rash was the sign that lead the doctor to conclude roseola. This entire event was very frightening to everyone. We caution parents to check their children frequently, as the spike in fever with this disease happens quickly.

Comment from: marge, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I am a grandma. I watched my grandchildren and a week later I had a fever and rash. I found out that one of the children came down with roseola. I didn't think adults could catch it, but I did.

Comment from: M, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 18

My son had roseola when he was just a few months old. He had no fever and no rash. It took two spinal taps to figure out what was going on.

Comment from: cartermomma3, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 25

My 10 1/2 month old son was taken to the ER for a severe congested cough on a Saturday, he had bronchitis and was put on amoxicillen. He had spiked a fever Tuesday (day 3) through Thursday(day 5) night, and I couldnt get it down past 100.3 Suddenly Thursday night (day 5) His temp/fever broke. Friday morning(day 6) we woke up and he was fine playing and beginning to get back to his normal self when a rash broke out on his back, neck tummy, head, legs and arms. We took him to urgent care, and the Dr said it was probably an allergic reaction to the ammoxicillen, (which didn't make sense to me since he had been taking it for 5 days) so I did some online research and found it could be roseola, all the symptoms fit. Now we wait for the rash to disappear!!

Comment from: trmmarie1, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 17

Our 9 month old had a low grade fever and was very irritable. We thought that it was because she might still be cutting teeth even though she had just gotten her bottom two a few weeks ago. We visited her doctor on Tuesday regarding a diaper rash, and a small rash that I noticed on her back. 4 days later we came home after shopping and I noticed a rash all over her neck and chin. I undressed her and noticed it on her back, abdomen and legs. Naturally we flipped out and I began checking her medication for her diaper rash and medication for a previous ear infection just in case there was an allergic reaction. I searched your website and compared her symptoms with those of roseola. We were relieved to rule out more serious diseases, but are still concerned about the roseola.

Comment from: michele11112005, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 17

My son had roseola. It started off with a very high fever getting up to about 104 degrees F. I took him to the doctor and they looked at him and seemed confused because he seemed fine and did not even look like he had a high fever. They gave me Tylenol and Motrin (both children’s kind) and said to give Motrin and then in the next 6-8 hours give Tylenol, and so on. After the fever finally went down, which was about 3 or 4 days later, he broke out in a rash. It started on his face, neck and stomach and had spread all over his body by the time we got to the doctor. The doctor said he had never seen a case like my sons because normally it just covers the stomach and the face. But this rash was everywhere. It took about 3 or 4 days to go away, but my son was fine. He had no complications.

Comment from: 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 17

My 11 month old daughter came down with a fever of 101.5-102.8 and just wanted to be held the whole time. Within 3 days the fever broke out of nowhere and started to develop a rash around her belly and back. The advice nurse said it was probably her teeth, but after reading all the symptoms, it sure sounds like she has Roseola. Thanks for all the comments! Made us feel a whole lot better.

Comment from: jneeds80, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

Hi - my 15 month old had a high fever over 103 for 3 days and on the 4th day he broke out into a rash all over his body. My husband took him to the doctor and the doctor just said he has a viral infection and the rash is a result of his body fighting. My husband said the doctor never concluded that it was roseola. I am sure this is what he has because everything I have read about the sickness has happened. The only thing I am concerned about is I haven't heard anyone say whether the rash was all over the body. This is day 2 of the rash and I am not sure how long it takes before the rash goes away.

Comment from: chubbie, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 17

Baby was irritable for a few weeks and we assumed it was from teething. Dad got ill first. Mom had poison oak and was incapacitated for a few nights so dad had very little sleep. So dad was sick for a few days and then baby gets a super high temperature. He had no other symptoms of an infection (he wasn’t rubbing his ears or face excessively) but I took him into the pediatrician and they looked in his ears. No problems. His fever reached 103.6 during the night and I gave him ibuprofen infant drops and then switched to the Tylenol infant drops in 3-4 hours, alternating between the 2 medicines. I also dipped a wash cloth in cool water while I held him in bed and made sure he didn’t shiver while I pressed the cloth to his body. Two nights of fever. Today, the rash appeared and it seems that he is doing fine. I did give him a bath right away since I thought the rash was because he was peeing so much (from all the liquids he was getting) and he had sweated a lot too. I thought this rash was from the sweat but it seems typical of the roseola herpes virus, which i think he is recovering well from. He is down for a nap, but dad and mom are feeling pretty sick from no sleep at all...and all that worrying. This was our first fever with him.

Comment from: 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 30

My 14-month-old is just getting over roseola. She developed a fever about three days ago and just last night she broke out in a rash. we had visited the doctor when she was running a fever and was sent home with just a diagnoses of a cold. So when the rash came out it was very scary. I am glad to know that this childhood sickness is short lived. My baby had all of the symptoms that I have read here on this web site. Thank you so much for all of you that have posted your story it has brought me peace of mind.

Comment from: 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 23

My 4 month old son was just diagnosed with roseloa. He never had the tell-tale high fever though. His fever never went above 100.4. We just thought he was teething. I gave him some tylenol one night because he was irritable and didn't know what else was wrong. The next morning the rash came and day care sent him home to go to the doctor. He seems in much better spirits now.

Comment from: jsmith, (Caregiver) Published: October 09

My 3-year-old daughter had a very mild case of roseola. She had a very high fever for 24 hours, but she didn't seem sick. It was very scary because she had never had so much as a cold before. Immediately after the fever broke, she developed a mild rash on her stomach, back, and face. It didn't bother her at all and after two or three days, it went away. My 15-month-old son currently has roseola. The fever was not as bad with him, and it only lasted about a day. Now he has the rash on his entire body, but it doesn't seem to bother him. He is extremely sleepy though and tires easier than usual.

Comment from: Nana, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 17

My son is 24 months old and was recently diagnosed with roseola. He had cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose and sore throat for the first few days. The third day, he spiked a fever, and the next day, he broke out in a rash on his legs, stomach, arms, cheeks, and neck. The rash would go down and when he would go out to play, it seemed to come back. The doctor prescribed some medicine to help. Finally, the rash started to disappear.

Comment from: J's mommy, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 16

My 17-month-old son initially began showing symptoms of roseola with a fever that was fluctuating between 101 and 103 degrees for the first two days. The third day, it went as high as 105 degrees. He was irritable at times but very tired. His eyes looked puffy, and he was pale. He wanted to drink fluids a lot, but his appetite was poor. By the fifth day, his fever broke and a rash appeared around his ears, his abdomen, his back, and slightly on his face near his nose. The rash didn't seem to irritate him. His behavior was pleasant, but he was still more tired than usual. His appetite increased by the fifth day.

Comment from: 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 16

My son just had roseola. It started with symptoms of a cold and then two days later he had a 102 degree fever in the evening. On the third and fourth evenings, his fever spiked up to 105.5 and 105.4. He was lethargic (when feverish) and not a great eater while he had it, but overall, he seemed OK (just not himself). The fever lasted about four nights, and then around the sixth day, the fever seemed to be totally gone and the rash appeared on the trunk of his body. I don't know yet how long the rash will last.

Comment from: mrkitty15, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

This is the second time I’ve had roseola. The first time was when I was 25, and now I am 28. I didn’t notice a fever the first time, but this time I did notice it, along with the extreme fatigue. I broke out in the rash today. The last time I had roseola, I had the rash for three months. My doctor said then that I should never get it again, but I have it now. At least this time I know what it is. Nothing helps it except maybe anti-itch lotion, but that only helps for a second. I think it’s actually worse the second time around.

Comment from: afoust01, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 25

My 8-month-old has had roseola for five days. It started with a fever of 102.7 all of a sudden in the middle of the day. He has been very cranky for five straight days. His fever is almost gone, but he is still clingy on me. He has barely eaten real food, just breast milk for five days. He has nursed so much I had to supplement with formula last night and tonight. He started to get a rash tonight just on his forehead.

Comment from: ORmommy, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 25

We experienced roseola with our 15-month-old daughter. She woke up from a nap with a 103 degree temperature and was very uncomfortable (nothing would soothe her). She had a fever around 101 to 103 for a couple of days. The third morning, she woke up with a rash that started on her scalp, and throughout the day, spread to her ears, face, neck, and trunk. She still feels awful; she has a loss of appetite, sleeps a lot, and is generally uncomfortable. She looks sick. She has tired, swollen eyes, she’s pale. She looks exactly as if she had a cold. We used Ibuprofen and cool baths to help her. Her appetite has been very low, so we are giving her lots of liquids (water, juice, milk) whenever she'll drink them.

Comment from: Maec, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 25

I actually thought my daughter was teething when she had roseola. She was incredibly irritable and wouldn't eat anything. She was hot to the touch, but acted fine other than the crankiness. About a day after the fever went away, she broke out in a rash on her chest, which then moved to her back. The doctor said she presented "textbook" symptoms.

Comment from: Paskettio, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 08

My daughter was diagnosed with Roseola recently. She had a three-day fever of 103, on average. Other than having the high fever, she seemed fine. Her eating and drinking habits were normal; she ate well. After three days, the fever broke and in its place was a blotchy rash on her neck and chest. The next day it had spread up her neck around her ears and hairline. Her back and parts of her arm were also covered. Later that same day, the rash had faded to be almost nonexistent. It was amazing how feverish she was and still played and roamed about the house. I would have expected her to be listless and lethargic. She was pretty irritable and cranky throughout the five-to-six day ordeal, however. I was glad to see the rash go and have her back to her old self.