What's the fuss about measles


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http://www.fridayschildmontessori.com/blog/measles Parents need to know how to deal with measles in kids. Failure to provide the proper care and treatment could lead to unwanted complications. Watch the video and understand Measles.

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What's the fuss about measles

  1. 1. What’s thefuss about Measles? www.fridayschildmontessori.com
  2. 2. To a certain extent, measles in childhood in the developed worldisn’t that traumatic: a child gets afever and a rash all over the body for about a week or so.
  3. 3. However, this is what happens for the lucky majority.
  4. 4. The trouble with measles is thatthey can lead to complications.
  5. 5. Mild complications include ear infections, pneumonia anddiarrhoea, which put a further toll on an already stressed little immune system.
  6. 6. Severe complications includeinflammation and swelling ofthe brain and, in some cases, death. To be utterly blunt, autism isn’t likely to kill anybody but measles can.
  7. 7. There was another twist to the scare about the measles vaccine and autism: the scientist who had his paper published in the Lancet makingthe claim about the link turned out to be rather shonky.
  8. 8. Six years after the original article was published, another scientistfound that the original author had manipulated evidence and had heaps of undeclared conflicts of interest.
  9. 9. In plain language: lies and cover-ups. The findings of that original paper were completely debunked and retracted by 2010and the doctor who published thepaper was struck from the register for scientific misconduct.
  10. 10. But the damage had been done and a number of concerned parents around the world had chosen not to vaccinate their children, with the end result that outbreaks spiked.
  11. 11. In many ways, we don’t know how lucky we are – just ask anyone from overseas where they don’thave such an intensive vaccination programme.
  12. 12. People from these countries may still be at risk, especially thechildren. And immigrants can still bring the virus into the country with them unintentionally.
  13. 13. So don’t get blasé and assume that you don’t have to have your children vaccinated against measles: outbreaks still happen,and we get a lot of people coming to the lovely Gold Coast from overseas.
  14. 14. Remember: vaccination just meansthat your immune system can fight off and resist the virus, and it can still be passed on by people who are immune to it.
  15. 15. How are measles spread?
  16. 16. Pretty much in the same way that most viral infections are spread,like coughs and colds, which is via coughs, sneezes and unwashed hands transferring the virus off and onto surfaces and toys.
  17. 17. Although we’re not concerned about measles in particular atFriday’s Child, we still stress thatgood hygiene is an important partof self-care and is very important as part of our Montessori curriculum.
  18. 18. Coughs and sneezes need to becovered, preferably with the crook of the elbow rather than with the hands or with a tissue/handkerchief.
  19. 19. Hands should be washed before eating (and after going to thetoilet, but the toilet has less to dowith spreading measles and more to do with spreading bacteria).
  20. 20. Children shouldn’t share drinkbottles, cups or food, as minutesmears of saliva can and do pass viruses along.
  21. 21. We believe that children should beencouraged to share, but there are some things that shouldn’t be shared.
  22. 22. www.fridayschildmontessori.com