Roseola--Earache--Pink Eye,- What are they???
Roseola is a mild infection, in which a
occurs, that is followed by a rash. I have cared for children who have had this, including my own son when he was a small infant. He had an extremely high temperature 105 degrees for 3 days, then a rash all over him.
The experts say that it typically isn’t serious and that rarely are there complications from the high fever. They also state that children ages 6 months to 1 year most commonly get it, but occasionally it does affect adults, too.
Since roseola is a very common infection, most kids will have had roseola by the time they go to kindergarten.
What Causes It???
Two common strains of herpes viruses, human herpes-virus 6 (HHV-6), cause roseola. Some children develop only a very mild case of it and never show any clear indication of illness, while others experience the full range of symptoms, like my son did.
When a Child Has an Earache
It seems as though nothing is more painful for an infant, toddler, older child, or adult than an earache!
It is one of those illnesses that I have experienced in my daycare home more times than I can count, and a Child Illness that you are just not sure with infants if it’s ears hurting or something else!
Urge parents/guardians to take their child to the doctor at the first sign of a possible earache or ear infection. They may require an antibiotic to clear it up.
PINK EYE OR CONJUNCTIVITIS
When a child has pink eye, the most noticeable symptom is a pink or a grayish-red color to one or both eyes. There could be inflammation around the eyeball and eyelids, causing the eye appear large or bloated.
I have had kids with it who would scratch their eyes continuously- when a child has pink eye the itchiness doesn't go away. I’ve also had them wake up from nap-time to eyes that are sealed shut with crusty pus and goo. If this happens at your daycare,
Visual issues are also common with pink eye. A child’s vision may be blurry or they may have double vision, making them to appear clumsier than normal.
Here are more symptoms of pink eye:
Pink eye is most common in children but it can affect people of all ages. There are several types of pink eye with different symptoms. Here are a just a couple of types:
The primary cause of pink eye is a virus infection. Symptoms of the viral type include; watery eye discharge, swollen eyelids and cold-like symptoms. Viral pink eye can also cause pain if you look at bright lights.
There are two common bacterial causes of pink eye- Staphylococci and Streptococci. The symptoms of bacterial pink eye include; redness, swelling, eye pain and the gooey eye discharge that is yellow or green in color.
Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye) are extremely contagious just through basic contact, even more-so than Roseola. If a child has one of these types of pink eye, a doctor must clear the child to come back to your daycare to prevent the spread of it. I recommend washing all bedding, sanitizing all toys and areas the contagious child came in contact with. Also practicing proper hand washing is beneficial as well.