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How Should the Roseola Fever Be Treated?

Young children with roseola may have fever that is quite high (103 F-105 F). If the child is not uncomfortable, the fever need not be treated. It is not necessary to awaken a child to treat a fever unless advised to do so by your child's health-care provider. Acetaminophen (Tylenol and other brands) can be used to treat the fever. Aspirin should never be used for fever in children or adolescents. A rare but potential lethal disease (Reye syndrome) may develop as a complication of aspirin administration to children or teens.

A child with fever should be kept comfortable and not overdressed. Overdressing can cause the temperature to go higher. Bathing with tepid water (85 F) may help bring down a fever. Never sponge a child (or an adult) with alcohol; the alcohol fumes may be inhaled, causing many problems. If a child develops shivering during the bath, the temperature of the bath water should be raised.

Can the Roseola Fever Cause a Seizure?

A rapidly rising fever may cause a seizure (febrile convulsion). This may occur in patients with roseola during the febrile portion of their illness. Febrile seizures (convulsions associated with fever) are common in children between 18 months to 3 years of age. Studies indicate that approximately 10%-15% of children with roseola will have a febrile convulsion.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/8/2015

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