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  • Any parent would rather that they'd be the one sick instead of their children. Chynna Ortaleza is thankful for the guidance of her kids' pediatrician as they battled tigdas hangin.


    "Swollen, rosey but still smiling," the mom of two wrote on Instagram on Thursday, October 1, 2020. It was accompanied by a photo of her son, Salem, whom she also calls Nukie, with rashes evident on his face. 

    The little boy has been down very high fever for the past three days. "Ayaw mag pababa, hindi maka-sleep... kawawa," Chynna added. 

    Luckily, Salem's fever's gone, and his rashes have subsided. The mom of two revealed that her daughter Stellar was also down with the same illness. 

    What you need to know about tigdas hangin

    Tiddas hanging, or roseola infantum, typically starts with a high fever, which may be accompanied by a mild upper respiratory illness, like a cold or a cough. 


    When the fever subsides, that's usually when the rashes appear on the chest, back and spread to the neck, face, arms, and legs. These rashes may look like tiny pink, mostly flat spots, but they're not usually itchy or does not cause any discomfort.

    Unlike measles, which can be life0treatning but vaccine-preventable, tigdas hangin isn't a severe illness. It is common among kids 6 months to age 2. It's caused by a virus found in saliva and can quickly spread when an infected child coughs, sneezes, or talks. 

    There is no treatment for tidgas hangin, and it usually goes away on its own after about a week. But your child's pediatrician will prescribe medications to manage the symptoms, such as paracetamol of fever. 


    Since it's caused by a virus, make sure your kids don't get it is proper hygiene, consuming a healthy diet consisting of fruits and vegetables to prevent your child from getting it. It's also crucial to get your kids up-to-date with their vaccines. (Read more about tigdas hangin here.)

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