Measles is a disease that is mainly recognizable by red spots all over the body with usually some increase or fever and colds. Because we get vaccinations against measles in the Netherlands, it almost no longer occurs. If you do measles in a baby discover, you can read more about it in this blog!
How do measles develop in a baby?
Measles is a very contagious disease. You get it from other people who are already infected. The virus is in the nose, throat and mouth and spreads through the saliva. For example, while talking, sneezing, coughing or even exhaling. The virus is also distributed through the hands and can sit on cups and cutlery. Since someone is already infected before the red spots are visible, some people do not know that they have the disease.
Measles initial stage
Even before the typical red spots are visible, someone is already infected. The red spots only appear after 4 days. The infection starts with colds, red eyes, cough and fever. Your child is contagious before the first symptoms mentioned begin.
Recognize measles in a baby
Cold, red eyes, cough and fever do not always have to be the first symptoms of measles in a baby. It can also be another virus. If you see white spots on the inside of the cheeks after these first symptoms, then there is a greater chance that there is measles in a baby.
After the white spots are visible, a few days later, red spots appear on the face and then all over the body. The spots feel rough, a bit similar to sandpaper. These symptoms unmistakably indicate the measles. Your little one will remain a small infectious bomb until 4 to 5 days after the spots have become visible. It is probably wise not to place your baby with other babies.
Measles incubation time
The incubation period is the time between getting infected and getting sick. This is in the measles between 7 and 14 days. Generally, most babies become ill after 10 days.
For measles in a baby is no specific treatment, it is a question of sowing. Your baby is better after about 10 days. Of course you can do a number of things to make it as nice as possible for your baby. First of all, give a lot of love and attention. Beside:
- Make sure your baby is drinking well, if necessary, explain to him or her more often.
- Put your baby on airy clothes made of cotton (this fabric breathes) and make sure your baby is not too hot. Read more about your baby's fever here
- Give your baby enough rest
- In bed, a sheet is probably enough if your baby has a fever. If you notice that your baby is cold, take an extra layer. Work with both bedding and clothing in layers so that you can easily remove a layer if your baby is too hot.
- If your child is very sick, you may in some cases give paracetamol. Consult this first with the doctor.
If measles are suspected in a baby, it is always wise to contact the doctor. Especially when your baby is not vaccinated. When you notice the following symptoms, it is good to go straight to the doctor:
- Your baby is very ill.
- The baby has difficulty breathing and is stuffy.
- Your baby is drowsy and does not drink well anymore.
- Your baby continues to cry and must surrender a lot.
- If the baby gets an ear infection. He rubs his ears with his hands and has to cry a lot.
- Your baby had a fever, it has declined and comes back later.
You can largely prevent measles in a baby by having your little one vaccinated. This vaccination is called MMR vaccination and is against mumps, measles and rubella. The vaccination is included in the National Vaccination Program.
If you have indicated at the clinic that you want to vaccinate your baby, you will automatically receive a call for it. The first vaccination your child receives at the age of 14 months, the second when your child is 9 years old.