Scarlet fever
What is it?
Unlike many common childhood illnesses, scarlet fever is caused by a bacterial infection. The most common symptoms are fever, sore throat, headache and a bright red rash. The area around the lips may look unnaturally pale in comparison to the red colour on the rest of the body.

What to do
Take the child to the doctor, who will prescribe antibiotics once the diagnosis is confirmed. Keep the fever under control by bathing the child in lukewarm (not cold) water, and give paracetamol for pain and fever.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

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