Viral Exanthems, Child

ExitCare Image A viral exanthem is a rash. It occurs when a type of germ (virus) infects the skin. It usually goes away on its own, without treatment.


  • Only give your child medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Do not give aspirin to your child.


  • Your child has a sore throat with yellowish-white fluid (pus) and trouble swallowing.

  • Your child has lumps or bumps in the neck.

  • Your child has chills.

  • Your child has joint pains or belly (abdominal) pain.

  • Your child is throwing up (vomiting) or has watery poop (diarrhea).

  • Your child has severe headaches, neck pain, or a stiff neck.

  • Your child has muscle aches or is very tired.

  • Your child has a cough, chest pain, or is short of breath.

  • Your child has a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • Your baby is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • Your baby is 3 months old or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if your child is not doing well or gets worse.