1. Resources
  2. /
  3. Children
  4. /
  5. Kids health & safety

What are the symptoms of measles?

User
Dec. 26, 2017

My 5-year-old son has a bad cold and a rash across his chest. Could this be measles? He's had the MMR vaccine, but I've heard scary stories about how even vaccinated kids can get measles.

Answers
Ella in Stoughton, MA
Dec. 26, 2017

You have to consult your doctor ASAP.

Leave a comment

Create a free account with Care.com and join our community today.

Sign up

Symptoms for measles: · A high temperature (fever), sore eyes (conjunctivitis) and a runny nose usually occur at first. · Small white spots usually develop inside the mouth a day or so later. These can persist for several days. · A harsh dry cough is usual. · Going off food, tiredness and aches and pains are usual. · Diarrhea and/or being sick (vomiting) is common. · A red blotchy rash normally develops about 3-4 days after the first symptoms. It usually starts on the headand neck and spreads down the body. It takes 2-3 days to cover most of the body. The rash often turns a brownish colour and gradually fades over a few days. · Children are usually quite unwell and miserable for 3-5 days. After this, the fever tends to ease and then the rash fades. The other symptoms gradually ease and go.

Leave a comment

Create a free account with Care.com and join our community today.

Sign up
User in Erlanger, KY
April 24, 2015

The MMR vaccine is over 95% effective so he most likely doesn't have measles, although it's not impossible. Any illness with fever and rash should be seen by a doctor.

Leave a comment

Create a free account with Care.com and join our community today.

Sign up
Leave an answer

Create a free account with Care.com and join our community today.

Sign up
Related content

How much should you pay for a babysitter?