About the Illness

Measles is a serious viral infection that is especially dangerous in children who are poorly nourished or have tuberculosis.

Common Symptoms

10 days after being with an infected person, the child will develop signs of a cold (fever, runny nose, red sore eyes and a cough); child becomes increasingly ill and the mouth may become sore and develop diarrhoea; after 2-3 days few tiny white spots like salt grains appear in the mouth; a day or 2 later the rash appears first behind the ears and on the neck, then on the face and body and last on the arms and legs; after the rash appears, the child usually gets better. The rash usually lasts about 5 days.

Important Information

Seek professional help if there are scattered black spots caused by bleeding into the skin. This means the attack is very severe.

Herbal Therapy

You can soothe the rash and help fight the infection with:

Kedrostis foetidissima Extract good for all

Crush 1 handful of leaves and soak in 3 ltr cold water for 3 hours.
Put some aside for drinking, then bathe the child in the solution 1x daily to soothe the rash.
Drink 2x daily for 7 days.
Doses as follows: 6-10 yrs: 1/4 glass; 2-6 yrs: 1/4 glass; up to 2 yrs: 1 tbsp.
You should see an improvement in the child after 2 days.

You can soothe the rash with:

Sprouted Finger Millet good for all

Pound a handful of finger millet sprouts to powder and mix this with water into a smooth paste.
Apply to skin as needed to soothe itching.

Muratina good for all

Bathe the rash in Muratina.
leave to dry.

Food and Nutrition Advice

  • Drink lots of liquids.
  • Feed nutritious foods.
  • If your child can’t swallow food then give soft foods like soup.
  • If your baby cannot breastfeed, give breast milk in a spoon.
  • Give vitamin A to prevent eye damage.

Body Work and General Advice

  • Keep children in bed in a darkened room to protect their eyes.
  • Keep your child warm.
  • Do not wash your child.
  • Make sure your child is vaccinated against measles.
  • Keep a child with measles away from all other children, including their brothers and sisters.
  • If children in a family where there is measles have not yet had measles themselves, they should not go out for at least 10 days.
  • To prevent children from catching it, soak pounded yam leaves in cold water and bathe them in it.


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