Treatments for Roseola in Children

Since roseola is a viral infection, there is no cure. The goal of treatment is to help decrease the severity of the symptoms as the virus runs its course.

Treatment may include:

  • increased fluid intake
  • acetaminophen for fever (DO NOT GIVE ASPIRIN)

Aspirin and the risk of Reye syndrome in children

Do not give aspirin to a child who has fever without first contacting the child's physician. Aspirin, when given as treatment for viral fevers in children, has been associated with Reye's syndrome, a potentially serious or deadly disorder in children. For this reason, pediatricians and other healthcare providers recommend that aspirin not be used to treat any fevers in children.