How to Treat Measles?

Medical Treatment:
  • There is no specific measles treatment, but usually, the condition improves within 7 to 10 days
Things you can do yourself:
  • If your child is uncomfortable, give paracetamol or ibuprofen - to reduce a high temperature (fever) and relieve any pains
  • Liquid infant paracetamol can be used for young children
  • Do not give aspirin to children under the age of 16
  • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, and keep hydrated reduce throat discomfort caused by coughing
  • Gently clean away any crustiness from your child eyelids and lashes using cotton wool soaked in water
  • If bright light is hurting their eyes, closing curtains or dimming lights can help
  • Treat your child cold-like symptoms (such as the runny nose or a cough):
    • Drinking warm drinks, particularly ones containing lemon or honey, may also help to relax the airways, loosen mucus, and soothe a cough
    • Do not give honey to babies under the age of 12 months
Do the following things to avoid infection spreading:
  • Try to avoid contact with people, such as young children and pregnant women, who are more vulnerable to the infection
  • Stay away from work or school for at least 4 days from when the measles rash first appears