A mild illness caused by a virus.


A mild illness caused by a virus.


  • A sudden raised temperature which may lead to febrile convulsions.
  • Sometimes also mild diarrhoea, earache, enlargement of the lymph nodes or a cough. 
  • About four days later the fever will suddenly subside and a rash of tiny pink spots will appear on the head and trunk, though the rash might be invisible on dark skin.


  • See the doctor to confirm that your child has roseola and not meningitis. 
  • Phone the doctor immediately if your child’s fever goes above 39ºC or she gets convulsions.\


  • Roseola will disappear after four days. 
  • Keep the fever down.

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