How to treat roseola at home

You can usually look after your child at home until they're feeling better.

There'sno specific treatment, butthe following can help:

  • letyour childrest if they feel unwell they may be more comfortable if they stay in bed until they're better, but there's no need to force them to rest if they seem well enough
  • keepthem hydrated by giving them plenty of wateror squash to drink if you're breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby, keep feeding them regularly
  • keep them cool if their room is warm for example, use a lightweight sheet on their bed rather than a heavy duvet
  • give them children's paracetamol or ibuprofen if their fever is making them uncomfortable always read the leaflet that comes with the medication to find the correct dose

Don't give your child paracetamol and ibuprofen at the same time. If one doesn't work,you may want to try the other one later.

Nevergive aspirin to children under 16 unlessadvised to by a doctor.

But call your GP if:

  • you're concerned about your child's symptoms
  • you're not sure what's causing their symptoms
  • your child is under three months old and has a temperature of 38C (101F) or above
  • your child is between three and six months old and has a temperature of 39C (102F) or above
  • therash doesn't improve after three days

Also speak to your GP if you have aweakened immune system for example, because you're having chemotherapy and you've had contact with a child with roseola.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018