Measles is also known as rubeola which is highly contagious viral disease that can cause a wide range of symptoms such as;
Red, watery eyes:This rash normally starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body
It is a mild illness, but in rare cases, it can lead to serious complications like pneumonia, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), and even death. Measles is spread through respiratory secretions, such as droplets from coughing or sneezing. Symptoms typically start 7-14 days after exposure and last for around a week. The characteristic red, blotchy rash appears after the fever and is often with a white coating on the tongue, called “Koplik’s spots.” Measles can be prevented by taken Vaccine which is highly effective at reducing the risk of infection and spread.
Here are ways to protect babies from measles:
- You can protect your baby through breastfeeding: Reasons been that breast milk have antibodies that can help protect babies from measles and other diseases.
- Through vaccination such as the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is given to babies starting at 12 months of age. It is highly effective in preventing measles and should be given according to the recommended schedule.
- Avoiding contact with sick individuals: If you know someone is sick with measles, try to avoid contact with them until they are no longer contagious.
- Practice good hygiene: Always wash your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and avoiding sharing drinks or utensils can help prevent the spread of measles and other diseases.
- Do not travel to areas where there are measles outbreaks: If you’re planning to travel with your baby, check for travel advisories and consider delaying travel to areas with known measles outbreaks.
- If your baby is exposed to measles ensure to Isolate him or her and be kept away from others until they are no longer contagious (usually around 7-21 days after exposure).