A little over a week after our trip to the ER, my baby son got what looked like another cold, much to my consternation. This time, the cold and cough wasn’t as bad and the fever was intermittent and low grade.
I assumed it was a random viral infection again. I wasn’t too worried because it seemed a lot lighter than the previous bout with colds and cough.
However, the fever suddenly went up on the 4th day. And his face broke out in an angry red rash which looked like bad allergies. His phlegm thickened and he looked miserable.
Turns out, it was measles.
Based on the timing, it looks like he got exposed to the virus during his short stay in the ER. There was nothing we could do to prevent it. It was necessary to go to the ER at that time and I don’t regret going in order to ease his difficulty in breathing.
Measles! I didn’t even get the measles. Both my older children didn’t go through measles either.
At the time they were young, there was no outbreak of measles. They managed to stay protected by the protection of the herd that comes about from mass vaccination.
However, in recent years, measles cases have been on the rise because a lot of parents are opting to forego the measles shot due to fear of the vaccine causing autism.
Baby S is only 8 months old and he had no idea why he was feeling so awful. His face broke out in rashes which gradually went down his body and to his legs. The fever spiked to 39 degrees when the rashes appeared and the cough and colds didn’t help in his need to sleep. His skin was bloated and his eyes turned puffy.
It was a very uncomfortable few days for all of us.
Our pediatrician informed us that it’s usually the complications of measles that are life-threatening so he was given another round of antibiotics to protect from pneumonia. We were told to return in 2 days to make sure no further complications will arise from the illness.
After 2 days, the pediatrician happily told us that Baby S is lucky that his bout with measles is considered a very light and mild one. His rashes were already starting to fade and the fever was gone. However, just to be safe we should not expose him to other children until the rashes fade completely.
I couldn’t help but think… if that was just a mild case of measles, I can’t imagine what a bad case is like. I realize it could have been a whole lot worse.
This is why it is important to vaccinate our children — to protect not only our children but to protect others who are either too young to get the vaccine or have immunological illnesses that make it impossible for them to vaccinate, for whom contracting viruses like this can be fatal.
I’ve blogged about this before in Vaccinate Your Kids! and I make another heartfelt plea… Please…Vaccinate your Kids.