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Ba­bies are of­ten sick with a fever, runny nose, cough and con­junc­tivi­tis (in­flam­ma­tion of the sur­face of the eye) for a few days be­fore the typ­i­cal measles rash be­gins – and this is usu­ally in­side the mouth. The red, spotty rash then ap­pears be­hind the ears and face and spreads to the body and limbs. Symptoms begin to im­prove af­ter three days.

Measles can have se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions in young ba­bies – pneu­mo­nia, croup, eye in­fec­tions, di­ar­rhoea and (rarely) en­cephali­tis. And be­cause it’s highly con­ta­gious and a no­ti­fi­able dis­ease (which means it is re­quired by law that it is re­ported to the depart­ment of health), Dr Weiss says that even if you only sus­pect your baby has measles you must take him to a doc­tor.

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