Roseola is caused by a viral infection. It is a mild disease with a sudden onset and a short duration. It mostly affects infants between the ages of six months to twenty four months. It is less frequent in young children and teens and quite rare in adults. The human herpes virus 6 causes this disease and it is generally transferred by oral secretions. The incubation period of this disease lasts from eight to nine days after being infected with the virus.
The symptoms vary according to the age of the patient. Infants and toddlers develop a very high fever, irritability, a soft and bulging spot on the head, swollen glands in the front and the back of the neck, runny nose, puffy eyelids and mild diarrhea. Twelve to twenty four hours after the break of fever, a rash appears on the skin. Older children run high fever for several days and also have diarrhea but do not develop a rash.
5 Effective Remedies For Roseola
Bathe your child with cool water to which a few drops of chamomile have been added. The cool bath will bring down the body temperature and chamomile will soothe your child’s skin tremendously. If you are unable to bathe your child then sponge your child with the cool water three times daily.
Give your child freshly squeezed orange juice as frequently as possible. Orange juice is full of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant and which removes all the harmful toxins from the body and strengthens the immune system and enables it to combat the virus more efficiently. You can add half a teaspoon of honey to sweeten the orange juice and make it more palatable for your child.
Eucalyptus oil has powerful germ fighting abilities. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a handkerchief and fold it into a square. Place the square under your child’s chin in such a way that the vapors can go directly into his/her nose.
Eucalyptus oil will thin down accumulated mucus in the chest and throat and will ease breathing. In addition to this, mix a few drops of eucalyptus oil with some olive oil and massage your child’s chest with it twice daily.
Take some ajwain seeds and place them in the center of a handkerchief. Tie the seeds with a piece of string to form a small sachet. Heat a griddle and place the sachet onto it. When the sachet is quite hot, hold it in front of your sleeping child’s nose so that the ajwain fumes go directly into the nose. Hold the sachet for five to ten minutes.
Reheat it if it loses heat. The ajwain fumes will not only kill the virus but they will also relieve the chest congestion and runny nose. This remedy is best used when the child is sleeping so that he or she cannot turn their heads away from the vapors or try to snatch at the hot sachet.
Massage your child’s chest and back with warm mustard oil three times daily to combat the infection and to relieve the symptoms of Roseola.
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