All about spots, bites, rashes and fevers
A brief introduction to some childhood ailments for concerned parents.
It’s easy to panic if your child breaks out in a rash or spots, or his temperature shoots up. You may not know how to distinguish between a pimple and a bite, so we’ve put together some descriptions and a gallery for a few of the most common ones. You can familiarise yourself with these and minimise that panic.
• Spiders and spider bites
• Spiders and spider bites gallery
• Blue bottles and blue bottle stings
• Snakes and snakebites
• Bug bites
Read more on fevers in babies in:
• Baby’s got a fever
• Fever fits in children
• Glandular fever
• Scarlet fever
Wondering how to tell different rashes apart?
What’s that rash
Read here for information on all of these kinds of spots in
• Roseola (baby measles)
• Measles (rubeola)
• German measles (rubella)
• Erthema infectiosum (‘slapped cheek disease’)
• Kawasaki disease
• Chickenpox (varicella)
• Shingles (herpes zoster)
• Cold sores (herpes simplex)
• Hand, foot and mouth disease
You can also view a gallery of these here:
• Spot on gallery
These are merely an introduction to these ailments, so remember:
(via Pulse magazine)
You do need to see a doctor if . . .
• Your baby is younger than three months and has a temperature of more than 38°C.
• Your child is older than three months and has a temperature of more than 40 °C.
• Your child is older than three months and has a temperature of between 38 °C and 40 °C but doesn’t want to eat or drink, has constant diarrhoea or nausea, shows signs of dehydration or has short spells of fever a few nights in a row, or if the fever doesn’t drop within 72 hours after sponging your child down and administering children’s paracetamol or ibuprofen.
• Your child is younger than two years and the fever doesn’t drop within 24 hours of doing the above.
911 - Rush to your doctor if your child has a fever and . . .
• Cries inconsolably for hours and is extremely irritable.
• Is very listless and struggles to wake up.
• Has a rash that looks like bruising.
• Struggles to breathe.
• Leans forward and drools.
• Has what appears to be an epileptic attack or fit.
• The lips, tongue and nails are blue.
• His neck is stiff and he has a bad headache.
• His body is limp and he struggles to move.
• The fontanel on his head bulges.
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