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Old 03-27-2017, 06:46 AM
 
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Hi all,

I'm wondering if any of you have experience with this. During the last seven days we've had a roller coaster of illness in our house. My four-year-old all of a sudden had a fever spike 6-7 days ago. It went as high as 105.7. I'm not sure if there is increased variability with the head thermometers at the high-end, but it was pretty alarming. This lasted until Friday night. We had her in to the pediatrician and she was tested for strep, UTI, flu virus, checked out for appendicitis, potential meningitis. Then on Saturday the fever broke and she broke out in a rash and following googling it look like roseola to me and the pedi confirmed.

Based on what I've read kids get irritability following this virus. My daughter has been acting really irrational. She cannot be pleased, is beyond demanding, and has been abusive to her sister and me and my husband. I'm trying to be understanding and keeping in mind that it's a consequence of being sick, but my husband took her and her sister to visit their cousins yesterday since they were locked up in the house all week and she behaved perfectly. They had a great time. Then she comes home and melts down. I worry that we are making allowances for poor behavior. She has not had a time in yet and I've let her know why. I'm hoping today will be better. how did you handle this?
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Old 03-28-2017, 02:23 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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It probably is a consequence of being sick. A virus really wears a person, especially a child, down. Kids, even when they don't feel well, will behave better around other people and she probably had a lot of fun getting out of the house. Poor kid is probably exhausted. Give her some more healing time before worrying.
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Old 03-28-2017, 05:43 AM
 
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It probably is a consequence of being sick. A virus really wears a person, especially a child, down. Kids, even when they don't feel well, will behave better around other people and she probably had a lot of fun getting out of the house. Poor kid is probably exhausted. Give her some more healing time before worrying.
That's very sweet and I hope you are right! I don't like to be punitive as a rule or argue with her. Hopefully we can guide her through it in a positive way.
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Old 03-28-2017, 07:41 AM
 
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Most people can hold it together better out of the home and then fall apart when it is safe to do so. So bad behavior at home doesn't mean there is bad parenting at home. Its just a safe place to decompensate.
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Old 03-28-2017, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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Give her LOTS of love and couch time...if she starts to get cranky again, turn on the TV and tiptoe away BEFORE she gets out of hand.
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Old 03-29-2017, 12:52 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Most people can hold it together better out of the home and then fall apart when it is safe to do so. So bad behavior at home doesn't mean there is bad parenting at home. Its just a safe place to decompensate.
Exactly. A reason why sick or not, little kids will show wonderful behavior at day care or preschool, and then have a complete melt down when they get home. They feel safe at home.
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