Childhood Diseases

Posted by: tania | 2008/06/11


Rubella ( german measles)

Good Day Doctor

My 15 month old toddler was diagnosed with rubella (german measles ) by our family physician. He only gave us prohist (half a teaspoon) three times a day to give him.

How long do they get german measles? Is there anything that we can give him for the rash?
He is not in a creche, we did not leave the city and as far as we know , no one had german measles. So we do not know how he could have gotten it.

Please advise

Expert's Reply



It is most unusual for children to get Rubella at his age. Also he has probably been immunised against Rubella if he has had the MMR vaccination. He probably has an illness called Roseola or 'baby measles' which is common at this age. The rash usualy disappears after a day or two. Do not give him Prohist as this medicine will make him drowsy and very unhappy-it is an old fashioned antihistamine and has no place in treating Roseola.

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