Measles is a very infectious illness. About one in five children with measles experiences complications such as ear infections, diarrhoea and vomiting, pneumonia, meningitis and eye disorders.
One in 10 children with measles ends up in hospital. There is no treatment for measles. Vaccination is the only way of preventing it. If your children haven’t yet had the MMR vaccination, don’t delay. Speak to your Health Visitor.
Once the rash starts, your child will need to rest and you can treat the symptoms until your child’s immune system fights off the virus. If there are no complications due to measles, the symptoms will usually disappear within 7-10 days.
Closing curtains or dimming lights can help reduce light sensitivity.
Damp cotton wool can be used to clean away any crustiness around the eyes. Use one piece of cotton wool per wipe for each eye. Gently clean the eye from inner to outer lid.