German measles
What is it?
German measles (rubella) is a viral illness that causes a rash, enlarged lymph glands at the back of the neck, and sometimes painful joints. It is generally a mild illness in children, with little cause for concern. Rubella during the first 18 weeks of pregnancy poses a serious risk to the foetus.

What to do

Fewer children get the disease since most are vaccinated. But if your child does get it, treat the symptoms by relieving fever with lukewarm compresses. Give your child paracetamol if needed to relieve pain and fever and make sure he gets enough fluids.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

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