Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Karlien | 2012/04/21


Virus infection, rash and hard tummy

Dear Doc,
My 8 and a half month old baby has had a 37.6 - 37.8 degree celcius fever for 3 days. I gave him Panado syrup to break fever. He was also very restless during the night. After 3 days the fever broke and now he developed a bad rash espesially on his forehead and top half of his face and head.

As we do not live close to a peaditirician I took him to the local GP. He advised that it is a virus infection as there was a low fever followed by this rash. He said I must put some cream on and just continue with Panado / Stopain. He couldn''t sleep as he was scratching his face constantly which also made the rash worse and irritated him a lot. The constant crying reminded me of when he had colic. I went back to the pharmacy to get some calamine lotion to help stop the itching. It is a bit better but still bad as he remains tired and irritated.

How long will this last and is there anything else I can do?
Does the prognosis sound correct? There is no rash under the hands yet, but very very light under the feet and his tummy seems swolen and a bit hard although he doesn''t have a big appetite.

Please advise


Expert's Reply



It is difficult to be sure about your baby without being able to see him. The most likely diagnosis is Roseola or baby measles. Against this diagnosis is the fact that his fever was not all that high before the rash appeared and also the fact that his rash is so itchy.However there is very little else that it could be. It does not sound like chicken pox or the real measles.The rash of Roseola disappears after 2 to 3 days.
I am not happy about giving your baby Stopayne syrup which contains codeine. Codeine causes constipation in babies.Perhaps that is why his tummy feels hard.Only use Panado.

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Posted by: Anon | 2012/04/23

It sounds more like Fifth Disease, as it is itchy? Google it for more info. It will pass by itself.

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