It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Waiting for the other shoe to drop…

thermometer1Tyler was absent last week with a fever.
A fever which turned out to be…


Cue the sinister music.

The usual progression? Mild upper respiratory infection (aka something that looks a whole lot like a “cold”), followed by/accompanied with intermittent fever (sometimes quite high) for up to a week, followed by a spotty rash over the face and trunk. Nothing much you can do for it except treat the fever (tepid baths, acetaminophen) and give them lots to drink. They’ll probably sleep a lot, too as their bodies fight it off.

Nissa has a cold. (Or is that a “cold”?)
Nissa’s mum, poor thing, sounds like death warmed over. Ever notice how the mommies get the Bug, Virulent Extreme Version, while babies get Bug Lite? (That’s breast-feeding for you!)

Emily was absent two days last week.
Fever, no rash, no “cold”.

Today, after a perfectly normal day, Anna, who has the sniffles today (or is that a “cold”?) woke from her nap, wolfed down her snack, but when I put out the craft she painted one egg-carton tulip and then asked if she could please just go lie down?

Fever. She won’t be back tomorrow. (My policy: must be fever-free for 24 hours before they can return. Fevers too often mean “contagious”.)

I’m waiting for another of these “just-a-colds” to develop the fever, and a “just-a-fever” to develop the rash. So far, we have one isolated case of roseola.

An isolated case? Of roseola??? Anyone out there have any idea how rare that is?

Anna, poor Anna… she’s got two out of three…

April 16, 2009 - Posted by | daycare, health and safety |


  1. I’ll be darned. Connor had a fever, followed by a runny nose and then a rosy rash on the torso a few days later, and we were mystified. Looks like we found out what it was!

    Almost certainly. It’s very common, and, unless you’re unfortunate enough to get seizures with your fevers, not really a whole lot of trouble. The rash doesn’t itch, and the poor tykes just get limp and listless when the fevers surge. In fact, from my perspective, the worst part of it is that dratted runny nose!

    Comment by Merrilee Faber | April 16, 2009 | Reply

  2. Poor babies! And yes, mommies get “The Bug: extended version with powerful scenes”, kids get “The Bug Lite” and daddies get “The Bug: Coles Notes” but they fully believe they have the full version, with added outtakes, and all the frills.

    Mwah-ha. Sounds like my ex.

    Comment by Tammy | April 16, 2009 | Reply

  3. With my 3 month old, just this past week, he got the ear and eye infection, cough, and sore throat. I got…nothing. Breastfeeding sometimes works the other way (unfortunately–i’d happily take it for him at this stage, ugh)

    Nothing worse than a plugged-up nursing baby. “Suck, suck, suck, su– GASP, pant, pant!” Gah.

    Comment by Bridgett | April 16, 2009 | Reply

  4. Hope everyone is feeling better soon!!!

    Thank you. It’s wending its way through the ranks. I think we’ll be back to normal next week.

    Comment by Kristi | April 16, 2009 | Reply

  5. Ugh, roseola. When my younger one was 2.8 yo, she had a very high fever on and off for four days. I finally took her to a walk-in clinic, they checked her ears, her throat, couldn’t find anything, and the clueless doctor said he didn’t know what it could be, a fever and no other symptoms, and said that if it kept up maybe we should check her bladder. Next day, she broke out in a rash – roseola. He couldn’t have even thought of this very common illness as a possibility??

    She didn’t have cold-like symptoms with it? If not, that could be why the doctor didn’t catch it. Still, you’re right, it’s a very common illness at this age and it’s odd no one though of it. Still, since there’s nothing a doctor can do about it anyway, I’d call this one no harm, no foul.

    Comment by lynn | April 16, 2009 | Reply

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