What are the symptoms of measles
The symptoms of measles can take
anywhere from one to twelve days to appear after your child has been infected.
It begins like a normal cold - hoarse cough, runny nose and fever. The
temperature will fluctuate between 100 and 104 degrees fahrenheit. The
child will develop a rash that will start on the throat and behind the
ears, then spread to the face and the rest of the body. The rash will initially
appear as small, scarlet, slightly raised spots that will transform into
irregular areas of a ruddy brown colour. Your baby's eyes may become red
What is the treatment
There is no specific treatment for
measles. You can follow some simple steps to alleviate your child's discomfort.
Bathe your child's sore eyes with cotton wool soaked in warm water and
dim the lights. You can give your child, baby aspirin to bring down the
fever. She will probably not have much of an appetite, but ensure that
her fluid intake is high. Call the doctor if she is still running a high
temperature four days after breaking out in a rash. Inform the doctor if
she becomes semi-conscious, develops an earache or laboured breathing,
or a phlegmy cough.
What are the possible complications and how can I prevent measles
Your child may develop pneumonia,
encephalitis or earache. You can prevent it by ensuring that your
child is inoculated against the disease when she is between 12 to 24 months.
Her immunity will be lifelong.
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