Treat the baby medically for measles?
If you suspect that your baby has measles, you should see your pediatrician as soon as possible. Measles is then obvious on the basis of the characteristic rash and the typical course of the disease with a fever twice as high. If the diagnosis is still not clear, the blood can also be examined in the laboratory. Since the immune system produces antibodies in the case of measles, they can be detected in the blood.
Important: You must check in with the doctor before the visit to prevent your child from infecting other bystanders!
Although measles is cured without problems in most cases, it should not be taken lightly. The measles problem: Babies have a weakened immune system for about six weeks due to infection, so complications occur much more often in infants than in older children. The most common symptoms are otitis media, bronchitis, pneumonia, and diarrhea.
Only in very rare cases is meningitis the result of measles. Babies then suffer from febrile seizures, severe eye infections, shortness of breath, severe headaches, vomiting, altered consciousness, or a stiff neck. Then the following applies: Call the emergency doctor immediately.
Should measles be reported in Germany?
Yes. Since 2001 there is an obligation to report on measles in Germany. This means that the treating physician must report the case to the responsible health department within 24 hours.