Re: July Infants and Toddlers
posted at 7/22/2014 6:26 PM EDT
For what it's worth: roseola is (usually) a polka dot rash - looks like you sprinkled pepper all over the child - arms, legs, torso, back, neck, face.... but the dots are pink not black. like you took a thin marker and dotted your child. the rash is all over so the child looks "rosy" (pink)
Coxackie (hand, foot and mouth) (usually) has blister like rash on the mouth, in the mouth, around the lips, on the fingers, toes, and sometimes the groin. but they aren't red dots - once they develop they look more like blisters than just flat red dots. some kids get 1000 blisters everywhere, including on their tongue, gums, mouth, and can't/won't eat because it hurts. others get it only on their fingers, or their toes, or in their mouth while others get it everywhere. and then some kids get 2 blisters and you miss it unless it's going around the center and then you of course look at every spot, dot and blister with suspicious eyes and that's when you catch those kids! My friend's 5 month old baby had coxsackie but only had 1 spot on the mouth, never stopped eating, and you'd never know it. the blisters take a while to subside.
Fifth Disease - has a "lacy rash" - with the slapped cheek appearance - the child has really RED cheeks, like he/she's been slapped. the lacy rash is there sometimes, the slapped cheeks always are.
I moved to a new school, serving only preschool aged children (ages 2 to 5 years old) and we've had the following going through the school since the end of May:
strep throat, roseola, slapped cheek, a stomach virus and one other thing I can't remember.
Oh, and a teacher had pneumonia (teacher)
ARGH! My program with infants and toddlers never had this many illnesses all happening concurrently! On the other hand, with the infant/toddler program nearly ALL children would get whatever it was while in this school only about 2 or 3 kids get whatever is going around. But it's feeling a bit like the "flavor of the month" club in illness!