Can my baby get measles?

Can my baby get measles?

The measles vaccine was first given in 1963, and from that date forward there has been a notable decrease in cases of this disease; nonetheless, if your child has not been given the triple vaccine to prevent measles, mumps and rubella, he could possibly catch the measles.

The virus that causes measles is known as paramixovirus, and is transmitted when a person with the measles coughs and spreads tiny drops that contain the virus. Our babies can become ill if they are in contact with that person.

If your child has been with a contagious person and has not been vaccinated he has a 90% chance of becoming ill; sometimes it takes 7 to 8 months to develop. The disease is contagious four days before and four days after the rash appears.

Symptoms of measles:

– Fever that increases over days, and can reach 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
– Very runny nose
– Cough
– Runny red eyes
– Days later spots will appear on this cheeks
– Eruption on the face, neck, back and body. This will gradually spread to his arms and finally to his legs and feet (starts off as red spots and then turns to pimples)
– The eruption produces itchiness
– Nausea
– Vomiting
– Diarrhea
– Lymphatic gland inflammation
– The eruption will last for about five days and as it diminishes it will turn brown and leave scabs on y our baby's skin.

When there is a complication with measles it can cause pneumonia, meningitis and encephalitis; that is a swelling of the brain. However, the possibility of this occurring is less than 20%

If your child has measles you should:

– Call your doctor immediately
– Make your child as comfortable as possible
– He needs a lot of rest and to continuously drink a lot of liquids
– Install a cold mist humidifier
1. Give him the recommended dose of acetaminophen (he must not take aspirin because that could make him vulnerable to Reye syndrome.

If your child has been given the measles vaccination and has been exposed to someone with the disease, you must call your doctor at once. To make sure your child does not come down with measles, all you can do is make sure he has the triple vaccination; this will protect him against measles, mumps and rubella.

Some mothers worry because the measles vaccination is an injection of attenuated live virus, but you should not worry the virus has been so weakened that it will not give your child the disease; when the virus is reproduced in his cells he will become immune to the disease.

When your child is between 12 and 15 months old is when he should be given his first vaccination,
then the second dose between 4 and 6 years.

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