Childhood Diseases

Posted by: E. | 2010/07/01


Baby measles / measles

Hi dr
I am really worried. My 8 month old daughter is in daycare &  one of the children was just diagnosed with baby measles. My daughter has obviously not been immunised against the disease yet. Many of the kids had conjunctivitis recently, which I read is one of the symptoms. Unfortunately due to circumstances, I can''t keep my daughter at home for days on end as a precaution.
Is there anything else I can do to avoid her getting sick. With the weekend coming up, if she falls ill, must I rush her to dr, of monitor the situation at home? What are the complications of an 8-month old getting (baby) measles? And one last question, can I bring her immunisation forward by any chance?
Thanks for your help.

Expert's Reply



Baby measles is an illness called Roseola. This illness is not the same as ordinary measles. Your baby is due to be immunised against ordinary measles when she is 9 months old. There is no vaccination against Roseola. Roseola is not a serious illneess like measles but children do get a very high fever for several days before the rash appears. The rash only lasts a day or two and the fever settles completely when the rash appears.

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Posted by: E. | 2010/07/01

I forgot to add, my daughter has been running a fever (38.2), vomited once today &  is extremely irritable.

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