Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Roseola Infantum

Since midweek last week Tommy has been sick. At first we just thought he had a cold, then diarrhea began, then a wicked high fever came on and he stopped eating and drinking. We took him to the doctors but the best they could tell us at that time was that he had "a virus." Tony and I don't normally allow Tommy to sleep in our bed with us, but we were so freaked out by his lethargic behavior and him not eating that we held him cradled between us all night Thursday and Friday night. He lay clinging to my chest all night, with one hand clutching Tony's shirt, my poor sweaty baby. On Saturday, we had high hopes that he was beginning to feel a bit better, he ate a little breakfast, and his fever was not as high... but then all of a sudden we noticed a rash had begun to appear... three days later (yesterday) the rash had spread all over his stomach, chest, neck and face. Luckily his fever was gone by Sunday... but the rest of his symptoms have remained. We ended up taking him back to the drs yesterday afternoon and found out he has roseola infantum. It is a virus that many infants/young children get... but is one of the lesser known viruses. It is highly contagious, and there is no medicine for it. It can last up to three weeks!!! Hopefully, Tommy be back to himself (at least eating) by the end of this week. Here is some information for those interested. It's just one of the articles I've found on the virus. I found it most informative. http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/diseases/facts/threedayfever.htm

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