Well Being

Baby Measles: Tigdas

As a parent, we don’t want our babies get sick or feel unwell. This, however, is something that we cannot control with in most cases. My little one had fever after his second doze of PCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine). At first I thought it was just the normal not feeling well thing a baby would feel after getting a shot. I was worried because aside from having high fever at times, he too had had a mild diarrhea. His fever cools off after two days and I noticed some red spots on his scalp down to his stomach. Then I realized he had a baby measles. I remember our first born had this when he was months old as well. And it goes away on it’s own. Well, yeah we brought him to his pedia but there was no medicine given. We were advised to let the baby get plenty of rest.

What is this baby measles then?

Roseola, sometimes called Sixth Disease is characterized  by high fever, followed by a pink-red raised or flat rash. According to Mayo Clinic, it is “generally mild infection is extremely common.”

In the Philippines, we call it “Tigdas” usually happens between 6 mos up to 2 years old, so it is very important that a baby is vaccinated for measles. If the baby gets fever, there nothing to freak on as long as the baby is active and is urinating regularly. All you need to do is to support the baby on his ordeal as he gets better. If the fever is high, this is manageable by giving paracetamol (just like what I did).

The important that you need to watch for your baby is if he stops being active. In this case, you have to go check your pedia for some other complications as you may only think it is “tigdas” when it is not.

Baby measles (roseola infantum) is a common, nonserious viral infection that affects children aged between six and 24 months. The typical progression is sudden temperature (39 to 40 °C), irritability and perhaps even fever fits. The temperature remains high for three days.

A light, speckled pink rash then appears on the body and neck; the child’s temperature then drops and he seems much better. The rash vanishes after one to four days.

There may be swelling around the eyes and you can feel small lymph glands at the back of the head. The virus that causes roseola is widespread. By the time we reach adulthood most of us have been infected and may be carriers of the disease.

The baby is usually infected by a parent when the immunity obtained from the mother disappears at six months. Some babies don’t have a rash – only a fever or cold symptoms.

Don’t give the baby antibiotics as they won’t help. Paracetamol (½ to 1 teaspoon) will make your child feel better and may prevent fever fits. Your child’s appetite isn’t really affected and they can still breastfeed.

Roseola is almost always harmless, but it can be more severe in children with chronic illnesses or low disease resistance.

Source: news24.com

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