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DD and DS were exposed to their cousin who has just been diagnosed with Roseola. The highest his fever got was 103.5, and today my kids have runny noses and seem to feel under the weather (they were exposed 7 days ago before we knew cousin was sick with it).<br><br>
So, if they get the virus, is it okay to let the fever go that high?<br>
And what about febrile seizures? They make me nervous - if the kids get uncomfy can I use cool rags to help or will that cause the fever to drop too quickly?<br>
What else should I be concerned about? (We do have a newborn in the house now, but he's nursing and I'm not concerned about him getting sick...) I wonder if I pump for the toddlers as well if that'll help them out a bit.<br><br>
Is it pretty likely the kids are going to get Roseola or do some just not catch it even when exposed? (I'm paranoid because I'm home ALONE for the next 24 hours. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> )
 

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I dont know what the chances are of your dc's getting the roseola virus but wanted to say that usually it is just a high fever that lasts a few days, followed by a rash. Scary for parents because of fever and looks of rash but the rash doesnt seem to bother the child at all (not itchy or uncomfortable)<br>
When dd1 had roseola at 10mo, she had a very high fever for 3 days which we treated with cool compress occasionally. Im not trying to scare you but some children can have seizures with high fever but to my understanding there is no cause for concern if that happens. High fever is ok. I think compress is ok but just not cold baths, if you use bath, I think it is supposed to be warm.
 

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My one DD has had Roseola 3 times. Her sister never got it. She had a fever that would go away with Tylenol or Motrin and then when the fever broke, the rash appeared. They are no longer contagious once they have the rash. I wouldn't be too worried about the seizures. I think they only happen with a VERY high fever, which won't get much higher that 103 with the Roseola, and fever reducers. I'm not against using fever reducers though, but I don't know your opinion on those.
 

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High fevers do not cause seizures. A rapid rise or fall in temp. can. Fever reducers do not lessen the chance of seizures (because with a fever reducer you can actually increase the chance of a rapid change)<br><br>
And I wouldn't give a second thought to a fever of 103.5 As a child I ran 104.1+ with everything. Dd has had several fevers over 104.<br><br>
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Yes. The body knows what to do and the fever is there to assist getting rid of the virus. We don't even take the temp ever. There is no sense to it since we would never interfere with the body's natural healing aid.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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They are not dangerous and most kids never get them.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">- if the kids get uncomfy can I use cool rags to help or will that cause the fever to drop too quickly?</td>
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Worst case scenario, you could use a cool, damp rag soaked in vinegar on the feet or legs until YOU feel more comfortable.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I wonder if I pump for the toddlers as well if that'll help them out a bit.</td>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Definitely.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Is it pretty likely the kids are going to get Roseola or do some just not catch it even when exposed?</td>
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Most get it. It is very good for them to have it and get immunity to it. It is a mild version of measles and builds a good immune system. I would absolutely not worry about it at all.<br><br>
When my kids were growing up, they used to get all sort of childhood diseases. It is not at all what they make them out to be. They are fevers and sick kids that get over it and are all the stronger for it. I grew up having had all childhood diseases. They were considered a right of passage. We were proud of them.<br><br>
Just because now they sell vaccines they want you to be afraid of everything. But you have to think for yourself. How could we have survived all these millions of years if those infections were such killers? They are not. Not of a normal healthy child. You'll see....<br><br>
pm me if you need a hand.
 
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