How to stop roseola spreading

Roseola is spread ina similar wayto the common cold through coughs and sneezes, and contaminated objects or surfaces.

It doesn't spread very easily and you don't need to keep your child away from nursery or school if they're feeling well enough to attend.

If they're unwell, keep them at home until they feel better, although there's no need to wait until the last spot disappears.

The following may help stop the infection spreading to others:

  • make sure you and yourchild washyourhands often
  • ensure your child sneezes and coughs into tissuesthrow away used tissues immediately and wash your hands
  • clean surfaces regularly
  • don't share cups, plates, cutlery and kitchen utensils

It's unclear exactly how long a child with roseola is contagious. They may be able to pass on the infection the whole time they're ill, including before the rash develops.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018