Emergency advice

How to help someone with scarlet fever:

1. Seek medical advice straight away if your baby has a headache, high temperature, and sore throat.

What is scarlet fever?

Scarlet fever is an infection that causes a blotchy, pink-red rash. It’s most common in young children, but can affect people of any age. It’s not usually serious, and can be treated with antibiotics from your GP. Once the baby has had it, they are unlikely to get it again.

Signs and symptoms

Look for:

  • a sore throat
  • headache
  • a high temperature
  • swollen neck glands.

 the fever develops they may have:

  • a rash on the body
  • a red face
  • a white or red tongue.

What to do

  1. If your baby develops any of the above symptoms seek medical advice straight away.

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