Q18. What is roseola?

A18. Roseola is a viral infection which often occurs in babies and young children.

It develops in a series of stages which start with a fever, then an earache, runny nose, tiredness and a loss of appetite. Your baby may develop a cough as well.

These symptoms last for three to four days before disappearing. They are then replaced by a pinkish-red rash which develops on the face and the rest of the body.

This rash clears after a few days.

Roseola can be treated at home but if symptoms worsen then consult your GP.

Find out more in our roseola section.

FAQS Index : Guide to Baby Skin Rashes

FAQs Intro

  1. Why do babies develop skin rashes?
  2. What are the most common skin rashes in babies?
  3. What is cradle cap?
  4. What is baby acne?
  5. What is baby eczema?
  6. What is heat rash?
  7. What are hives?
  8. What is urticaria?
  9. What are milia?
  10. What is impetigo?
  11. What types of birthmarks do babies get?
  12. What causes chickenpox?
  1. What causes measles?
  2. Can babies get German measles (rubella)?
  3. What is ringworm?
  4. Can babies develop psoriasis?
  5. What is scabies?
  6. What is roseola?
  7. What are viral skin rashes?
  8. Does my baby have a wart?
  9. What is the treatment for baby skin rashes?
  10. Why is the MMR vaccine controversial?
  11. Can you prevent baby skin rashes?

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