My DS (8 months) came down with a rash yesterday morning in his nappy area. Within an hour it had spread to his torso. An hour after that it covered his whole body. It is still there (so about 36 hours in now) No fever Irritable and letting out random screams but also having happier moments Red rings around the eyes Had a runny/blocked nose earlier in the week but no other cold symptoms Difficulty sleeping (the last three nights he has woken every 20 mins or so screaming) Vomiting yesterday
Out of hours ruled out meningitis yesterday and said it was viral.
My gut feeling is telling me something isn't right, but I don't know what it is. Could it be measles? His sister slipped and fell on top of him a couple of days ago when he was having his nappy changed and landed on his torso. He cried but seemed fine after a couple of minutes. I consulted a dr friend of mine and she wasn't concerned.
Is this just a nasty virus or should I be taking him to the walk in again?
What does the rash look like? My initial thoughts would be that as he has no fever, does not seem overly distressed or poorly, and has been seen by a doctor then he is probably fine and it is a virus, just as they said.
Does he have any food allergies? Any teeth coming through?
Objectively based on what you've described my guess would also be viral... BUT... I cannot overrule your gut feeling, and 100% I wouldn't want to encourage you to either. I have a notoriously wonky gut feeling and on the few occasions I've sat in A&E with ds, the worst that's come of it is that we've stayed the night. For that I am extremely grateful, but I wouldn't have not gone, and it won't stop me going in future. If you really are worried, even if you're wrong, you're probably best off sitting the next however many hours in an A&E waiting room with your baby, or on the phone to 111 or whatever. Not very PC with the state of the NHS at the moment I know, but in all honestly that's what I think. Listen to your gut. It doesn't mean your gut will be right, but it's the best you can do by your child.
Babies can be seen by doctors and legitimately be well and the doctor has been right in there is nothing wrong, at that time, not predicting the future . AlwYs advised to go back if things changed. If you're worried ask for advice/phone OOH again if he's different
Ps if you go to out of hours you'll likely just get them tell you virus again - he probably needs his pulse, bp and sats measured and stuff which a lot of gps can't do. Consider going to a and e if you get very worried as they'll be able to do different tests. Ooh good first though.
Do they get teething rashes all over their body though?
No, I don't think so, but that might explain the random outbursts of pain and general off-ness (if it's a similar off-ness) in addition to the rash. I only ask because ds recently had a post-viral rash with no temperature... then started screaming in pain for hours on end; I was beside myself with worry! ...then I realised a molar had cut through, completely unrelated to the rash. Didn't stop me spending the night in hospital though having had him looked at in A&E who were equally concerned by his suffering!
I took my daughter with a similar rash to be checked out and I was told it was viral. Although this does also look similar to the rash she had when she had foot and mouth. Let a doctor decide, not the Internet though...
he doesn't seem himself at all, that's why I'm thinking something isn't right.. Something isn't right though, he has a virus, he won't 'be himself' he is unwell. I don't see anything in your post that would make me think he needed to be seen abian, and certainly not In A&E.
Obviously I am not a doctor, but from a parents POV I wo