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Ds2 (7) has been vomiting and has pinprick rash on face

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sphil Fri 23-Oct-09 23:14:22

@I've been trying to get through to nhs direct for 10 minutes - thought i'd probably get quicker advice here. He feels slightly hot (but our thermometer has run out of batteriesblush). Has been sick 3 times, at 5pm, 8pm and 9.30, which is when we discovered the rash. It doesn't fade under a glass. However, he seems fairly normal in himself (he's autistic, so not very communicative).

Have just got through to NHS Direct - they're on an hour and a half call back time! shock

Ant advice?

tribeleader Fri 23-Oct-09 23:16:33

It's probably caused from the wretching, small blood vessels can burst from the pressure

I wouldn't worry if he doesn't have other symptoms

LauraIngallsWilder Fri 23-Oct-09 23:17:35

Hi sphil

What happens when you put a glass on the rash (and a bit of pressure) -does the rash fade or remain

Do you think his neck is hurting

Cadelaide Fri 23-Oct-09 23:18:24

Are his hands and feet cold?

DS had a rash like this after vomiting, took him to A&E and they said it was burst capillaries caused by the strain of retching.

In your circumstances I'd go to A&E, anyway, just to be sure.

bibbitybobbitycat Fri 23-Oct-09 23:19:11

Can you google some images of rash? Have a look on NHS Direct website. I don't like the sound of it not fading tbh. But I am not with you both. Err on the side of caution.

LauraIngallsWilder Fri 23-Oct-09 23:20:01

Try here

Or take him straight to A&E if you are concerned enough

LauraIngallsWilder Fri 23-Oct-09 23:23:20

Sphil - sorry sorry I see now you have already done the glass test

Take him to A&E now then

sphil Sat 24-Oct-09 07:09:18

Sorry all - ended up feeling sick myself, so DH slept with DS2, who slept all night without being sick again. He's up now, watching DVDs and being completely normal - but he still has the rash. I feel OK-ish but still a little nauseous - so wonder if it's a bug.

NHS Direct eventually phoned back at 1.30am -lesson of the moment is not to go down with anything excpet swine flu!

I would have taken DS2 to A+E immediately if he had seemed 'altered' in any way - but he has been his normal self throughout. I think it's probably the blood vessels or a allergic reaction - his skin tends to react to anything 'foreign' in his body.

Now just have to cross everything that we don't all start being sick!

LauraIngallsWilder Sat 24-Oct-09 09:17:10

Hi sphil thanks for the update
I woke up this morning wondering about your ds

MontyPieThong Sat 24-Oct-09 13:56:53

My DD always gets this rash on her face when she is sick due to the force bursting blood vessels. The first time it happened I was terrified and took her to the doctors as it did not fade with a glass. Glad he is feeling better.

sphil Sat 24-Oct-09 15:25:00

He's just eaten a bowl of chips and is asking me for jumps - so must be feeling better grin

Cadelaide Sat 24-Oct-09 19:08:12


Doc1066 Wed 19-Jul-17 16:24:48

Just read this thread, 8 years after it was first posted while preparing a teaching session for nurses. I am a GP
Just to let you know, my 3rd son Oliver regularly has this phenomenon when he vomits.
It is the pressure that appears to cause little pinpoints around the eyes. Its a bit worrying to the lay person as it doesn't fade under the glass test, but no point taking a child to A&E as they wont be able to do anything (if the child is otherwise well, they often feel better after vomiting).
However, a similar rash anywhere else on the body could be Meningitis and has to be taken very seriously, also, if there is NO history of vomiting.

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