Many children are often affected by a severe and very contagious viral infection during childhood called measles. This viral infection can bring about many symptomatic signs of the viral infection including fever, the presence of malaise, the presence of a cough, a runny nose in the child, and other conditions like conjunctivitis which may come on as a secondary infection in the child. The typical symptom of measles is the appearance of a rash on the fourth day after initial infection, though the symptoms themselves tend to worsen gradually over a period of time. The itchy rash is a raised, splotchy, reddish-brown or purplish-red colored area of skin, which form all over the body of the infected child. The rashes appear on the skin of the child and persist for about five to seven days in total, beginning on the face and the neck and slowly spreading down to the trunk region, eventually reaching the extremities and the feet. A symptom is the appearance of red spots with a bluish-white center called Koplik's spots on the inside of the mouth, twelve hours before the development of the first rash on the body; these Koplik's spots signal the eventual arrival of the rash.
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What usually occurs after an initial infection of measles is that the measles virus incubates for nine to fourteen days before symptoms begin to appear in the skin. Once the disease is firmly established in the child's body, then the child is considered contagious for at least seven days following the physical symptoms. Ten days is the usual time it takes for the disease to run its course within the child's body. The patient will feel a lot better once the temperature of the body lowers and the symptomatic rashes begin fade to a brownish color that slowly disappear and the affected area of the skin sloughs off on its own. The contagious period has been crossed by the affected child once this event occurs.
Because of its potential to cause some very complicated illnesses especially following the infection itself, the disease is considered a very serious condition in children; this consideration of severity is not dependant on the symptoms but on their likely ability to bring on other severe condition in the child. A very common complication which can be brought about by measles in a child is the appearance of ear infections. Many other serious and potentially lethal complications are also possible following an infection of measles; an example is pneumonia and encephalitis which can result because of an inflammation in the lining of the brain. You must turn to a doctor immediately if certain signs become apparent in a child affected with measles, examples are - the body temperature of the child suddenly skyrockets, the child has a sudden seizure, or the presence of any noticeable changes in the level of consciousness or mental functioning. Such symptoms are a sign of incipient encephalitis, a potentially lethal condition.
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Restless children can be calmed using a herbal preparation of chamomile tea, give a single dose of the tea two times every day. Infection can also be eliminated using a combination formula of the Echinacea and goldenseal herbs, these herbs support the functioning of the immune system, they are also helpful in soothing the skin and the inflamed mucous membranes which cause discomfort. Another powerful attribute of the Echinacea is its powerful antiviral property. Until the fever has completely abated, children can be given a single dose, every two hours as treatment. After which a continuation supplementation can be done with a single dose of the herb, taken thrice daily, for a treatment period lasting one week in total.
For your attention: because Echinacea loses its effectiveness if used continuously on a daily basis for more than ten days in one dosage regimen, time the doses in such a way that the child benefits from long term treatment but also that the herb does not lose its power during that time.
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Some of the beneficial effects of an herbal tea are its ability to reduce fever, its property of brining down a child's temperature, its power to decrease chills and its ability to induce perspiration in the body. To prepare such a fever reducing herbal tea, use a combination of equal parts of one or all of the following herbs, the leaves of the lemon balm herb, the flowers of the chamomile herb, the leaves of the peppermint herb, the root of the licorice and the elder flower can all be used in the herbal tea. To improve the flavor and the taste for older child, add a little honey; this also sweetens the mixture. Dosage of this herbal tea for children can be a single dose of the tea, taken four times every day, for a total treatment period of two or three days. Instead of the tea being used directly on the baby, a nursing mother can drink one adult dose, four times a day as indirect treatment. The baby will gain all the beneficial effects of the herbal mixture from drinking breast milk. Ideally, this tea should be as hot as possible when ingested.
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For your attention: children less than one year of age should not be given herbal tea mixed with or sweetened using honey. A life threatening condition known as infant botulism has often been caused in children who consumed honey. The use of homeopathic remedies in the treatment of the child if concurrent with the use of peppermint in the herbal tea must be interrupted by an interval of at least an hour between the use of the one substance and the other. This is suggested because the strong smell of the mint can result in a reduction in the effectiveness of the homeopathic remedy if used concurrently. Fever in children can be effectively treated by the consumption of ginger tea. Those children who get cold in especially in the hands and the feet tend to be the ones most benefited by the use of this particular supplement as a treatment against chills. After giving this tea to the child, cover him or her with light blankets to induce perspiration and to reduce the chills. Children can be given a single dose of the herbal tea four times during the day, one day of supplementation is usually sufficient to ward off the chill. Use fruit juice to take away the pungent smell from the herbal tea if the child finds the pungency too string for his or her taste. The immune stimulating properties of the shiitake mushrooms can also be used to great effect as a supplement. These mushrooms can be taken in the form of a capsule or they may be eaten fresh. Children above twelve years of age can be given a single capsule, thrice daily, or as and when necessary until the infection disappears. To lessen the itching in the child's body, use cool oatmeal baths as a topical treatment. To prepare the bath, take a handful of oatmeal wrapped in a washcloth and let it slowly soak into the bath water. The wrapped oatmeal filled washcloth can also be rubbed directly onto the child's body to bring extra relief.
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The following homeopathic remedies can be used at dosage strengths of 6, 12 or 30 potency (x or c) once every 2 or 3 hours, this dosage can then be brought down slowly as the condition improves to dosage thrice a day, as recovery continues a single dose per day will be sufficient to bring complete healing.
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