Posted by: Pop | 2009-02-11

Measles and babies

My two grandchildren, they are twins and nine months old have measles. What can we do to help them through it and what cautions must be taken to safeguard them against complicaions. They were prem babies and did not weigh even 2.5kg. They are actualy real healthy baby but the smaller of tje two was diagnosed with astha.

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Dear Pop
Did they not have their MMR Vaccinations? Measles is a viral disease, and can give complications like bronchitis, pneumonia, encephalitis and otitis media. There is no antibiotic that will help for this, so treatment is mainly symptomatic - treatment of fever, enough fluids and rest. You can bath them, just be careful that they don't catch a cold when they come out of the bath. It is not necessary to keep them in a dark room, although sharp sunlight may irritate their eyes, it is not harmful. Keep an eye out for complications like severe coughing, shortness of breath, neckstiffness and vomiting.
Dr Bets

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