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German Measles

 

Is a common mild viral infection which develops mainly in children.

What to look for

A child with German measles may not look or act sick, but symptoms may include:

Loss of appetite, irritability, 
Loss of interest in personal care,
Swollen glands,
A rash on the face and the neck, it spreads to the trunk and limbs.
In older children or teenagers, joint pain and nerves may be affected.
In only about half the cases of German measles a rash will appear and it does not last for long.

German measles, is a mild illness and does not often cause many
annoying or painful symptoms for your child.
If you have had German measles you have developed a lifetime immunity to the disease.
This virus can be extremely damaging to the fetes developing with a mother’s womb. This virus causes birth defects and serious abnormalities if the mother catches it during the first few months of pregnancy.

Causes

German measles is caused by a virus that is found in the nose and throat of a patient. This virus is passed form person to person by the tiny droplets we breath out. It is also transmitted from a pregnant mother to her developing baby, through the bloodstream via the placenta.

Prevention

 

Most Healthcare practitioners strongly recommend immunization of children as a protection to others. However the vaccination does not always provide lifetime immunity.

Pregnancy Concerns

If you are pregnant, and you are not sure of your immunity to rubella, and you suspect you have been exposed, you should contact your doctor immediately, because the virus can pass to your unborn child.

When to seek further professional advice

If you are pregnant and you think you have been exposed to German measles- you have to call your doctor immediately.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

 

Immunization will help to prevent this disease and also prevent it from being passed onto pregnant mothers.

Homoeopathy : you should always consult a professional for the appropriate dosages and form remedies for children.
Three remedies that are often prescribed are Phytolacca, Belladonna and Pastille. The choice depends on your child’s symptoms and temperament.

Traditional Treatment

 

While your child is sick he or she should stay at home and for up to a week after any rash has disappeared.

A child with German measles does not require medical treatment. You should contact your doctor immediately if you are pregnant and have been exposed to Rubella.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-21