Childhood diseases – Three-day Fever

Three-day fever (roseola infantum)

Seen in children from six months to three years of age, three-day fever is a highly contagious disease that causes a rash.

The cause of three-day fever is not known but is believed to be from a respiratory tract virus with infection to outbreak anywhere from 10 to 15 days. Your child will be infectious throughout the disease and possibly before the onset of a high temperature.

Symptoms of three-day fever
– Starts with a high temperature (up to 40ºC and lasting around 3 days)
– A sudden rise in temperature can cause febrile fits
– Rash, usually small reddish spots and lasting 12-14 hours (once temperature has dropped)

Treatment for three-day fever
There are no known complications of three-day fever and the condition usually eases after the three day period. Ensure your child drinks plenty of fluids during outbreak of a high temperature. The rash is very rarely itchy and won’t require any medications.

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