Last week Reid had a fever of 102* one day. He seemed mostly okay (other than an episode of diarrhea), so I wasn't terribly concerned. I put him to bed with some ibuprofin. He woke up at a rather early hour screaming. When I went to check on him, his fever was 104.3*! Now that's cause for concern! He had no other symptoms, besides the fever and slightly swollen eyelids.
Last time we had a spiked fever like this with no symptoms it was Pierce, and he had pneumonia. So I was certainly worried as Paul took Reid to the pediatrician (I was teaching class that morning).
The pediatrician diagnosed Reid with roseola.
Apparently, it strikes babies between 6-18 months and is highly contagious.
Hallmark symptoms are a high fever, swollen eyelids, sometimes diarrhea, and finally a rash.
The fever lasted for several days, during which Reid was fussy but okay.
This weekend the fever broke, and the rash set in:
A little hard to see in the picture; the rash is only on his belly and back.
Roseola is a funny virus, in that it takes 1-2 weeks to incubate. So I guess next week sometime there's a very high chance we'll be going through the same deal with Cort.
But...at least they don't have to take antibiotics with it.