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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.

Once bitten...

•    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

Spot on!

•    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.

Facebook is not your doctor! Do consult a medical professional should you have concerns for your child's health.

How often does your child get sick?

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