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    Default Measles

    Yesterday our 13 month old DS came home from daycare (5pm) with a rash mostly on his belly. By bath time (7pm) it had spread to most of his body (back, legs and arms) so when he finally fell asleep I did some googling and it resembles German measles. I was under the impression that it is pretty rare though.
    This morning it has spread to his cheeks and his cheeks were quite inflamed. He has had a cold for about a week and his cough over the last 3ish days has been pretty nasty. Today we took him to the doc and she said looks like measles and sent us to the children's hospital for bloods.
    I should probably mention that 2 weeks ago he had his MMR vaccine.
    Has anyone had a kid with measles? What has your experience been?

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    No experience, but wishing you all the best. Whatever it is, hope your little one is better soon. Ps i think roseola (a fairly harmless rash) is sometimes mistaken for measles, but the blood test will let you know for sure hopefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJaq View Post
    No experience, but wishing you all the best. Whatever it is, hope your little one is better soon. Ps i think roseola (a fairly harmless rash) is sometimes mistaken for measles, but the blood test will let you know for sure hopefully.
    Thanks! Yeah I've been told about roseola so fingers crossed that's what it is but he does seem a little down now as the day goes on perhaps it's my worry brushing off on him though so trying to keep happy vibes in the air!

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    The incubations for measles is between 7 and 18 days, and it it can take up to 10 days for the vaccine to take effect against Measles, so he could have been unlucky and just caught it before the shot or during the 10 days it takes to become effective.

    Anyway - I really hope it isn't that and it isn't anything serious.

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    My understanding is that they can get the measles rash from the vaccine a couple of weeks after they get the vax. One of my kids had it and I was told it was just a common side effect of the vax but it's completely harmless. From memory I think it was accompanied with mild cold like symptoms.

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    Yes my son had roseola recently and it started with fevers for 3 days then once the fevers stopped he got a rash on his back, chest and the next day slightly on his cheeks.

    Measles generally starts on the face and then spreads to the torso.

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    Thanks for your responses :-)
    We got sent to the hospital and was in isolation until a doctor could see us he doesn't seem to think it's measles after checking his mouth and neck but a viral rash and to just keep an eye on him. He said it's not contagious.

    PHEW!
    Think we jumped the gun there a bit and sent ourselves into a bit of a panic!

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    Glad to hear it's probably not measles! Better to be safe than sorry!

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    Definitely! Would've been devastating to ignore it have it turn out to be measles and infect everyone.

    I imagine it would be quite itchy though this viral rash?

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    hope he feels better soon

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