Common Childhood Illnesses

Measles

Measles is a viral infection of the respiratory system. Measles is very contagious and can spread through contact with infected mucus and saliva. An infected person can release the infection into the air when they cough or sneeze. Read more.

Pertussis

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. Read more.

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Measles is a viral infection of the respiratory system. Measles is very contagious and can spread through contact with infected mucus and saliva. An infected person can release the infection into the air when they cough or sneeze.

Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet.

Incubation period: 7-14 days

Symptoms

  • Fever
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • red, watery eyes

3-5 days after symptoms begin, a rash appears.

The rash usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots. The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body. When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104° Fahrenheit.

After a few days, the fever subsides and the rash fades.

Natural Treatment Options

Rest

When you’re sick, whatever it is that you caught, rest is always best. Also, it’s nature’s way of imposing a quarantine to prevent spreading the virus to others who may be more vulnerable than you. Be sure to rest as much as possibly, as well as your eyes, which may be extra sensitive to light.

Get Respiratory Relief

As measles is a respiratory infection similar to influenza, you may want use a humidifier, sip tea with honey, and drink plenty of liquids for a runny nose, sneezing, cough and sore throat.

Drink Fluids

Hydration is always key with every sickness, especially those with fevers. Drink fresh organic juices such as orange and lemon and pineapple for extra vitamin c content.

Vitamin A

Deficiency in Vitamin A is connected with more severe symptoms to measles infections. Measles infection actually takes up the body’s vitamin A stores, so it is important to replenish Vitamin A as a part of your recovery process.

The WHO recommends “oral dose of 200,000 IU (or 100,000 IU in infants) of vitamin A per day for two days to children with measles in areas where vitamin A deficiency may be present.”

Turmeric

Turmeric has antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the symptoms of measles. Mix one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of ground turmeric in one glass of warm milk (coconut or almond or cow’s milk).

Vitamin C

Ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate is a very important antioxidant that helps treat flu-like symptoms and helps the body repair damage. High doses of vitamin c have been shown battle many viruses including measles.

Barley

Barley is very effective home remedy when it comes to skin irritation and itching because it is packed with minerals, Vitamin C and antioxidants. Also it is rich in zinc which can speed up the healing process. Use barley like a tea and drink multiple times per day.

Chicken Pox is a contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever. The rash appears first on the stomach, back and face and can spread over the entire body causing between up to 500 itchy blisters. Chickenpox can be serious, especially in babies, adults, and people with weakened immune systems.

Chickenpox illness usually lasts about 5 to7 days.

The rash is characterized by itchy, fluid-filled blisters that eventually turn into scabs. The rash may first show up on the face, chest, and back then spread to the rest of the body, including inside the mouth, eyelids, or genital area. It usually takes about one week for all the blisters to become scabs.

Symptoms

  • rash
  • fever
  • tiredness
  • loss of appetite
  • headache

Natural Treatments

Calamine Lotion

Calamine lotion, or a natural alternative, has skin-soothing properties, including zinc oxide. Use a clean finger or cotton swab and dab blisters and scabs with lotion. Do not use near eyes.

Colloidal Oatmeal Baths

Oatmeal is naturally anti-inflammatory, and soothes the itchiness of chicken pox blisters.

Keep fingernails trimmed

Avoid Aspirin

Do not use aspirin or aspirin-containing products to relieve fever from chickenpox. The use of aspirin in children with chickenpox has been associated with Reye’s syndrome, a severe disease that affects the liver and brain and can cause death.

Chamomile Compresses

Make compresses using a few brewed chamomile tea bags that were allowed to cool. Or add them to a bath.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness.

People with flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins. The illness from uncomplicated flu lasts from three to seven days in most adults.

Symptoms

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

Natural Treatments

Oregano Oil

Traditional healers since ancient times have used oregano extract as a natural remedy to treat respiratory issues such as coughs, colds, flu, sore throats, and bronchitis.

P73 oregano (“polyphenol 73 percent”) will have the highest amount of natural vitamins and minerals—calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, boron, potassium, copper, and manganese—all of which help boost immunity.

Probiotics

Beneficial bacteria are necessary to keep your gut healthy and strong, thus boosting your immune system. You should begin taking probiotics before you get the flu, especially if you have been in contact with someone who is ill. If your GI tract is not adequately defended, you are more likely to experience illness. Probiotics are especially helpful for children’s immunity, particularly during the winter months.

Hydration

For every sickness, especially those with fever and congestion, it’s really important to stay hydrated. If you have a nursling, keep breastfeeding that baby because your breastmilk contains antibodies, leukocytes and stem cells. Coconut water, herbal teas, fresh juices, and clean water with lemon and/or cayenne pepper are great options for hydration.

Elderberry

Elderberry should be in everyone’s cabinet by now. This super berry is effective against 8 strains of flu virus and has the ability to cut the duration of the flu by half. This is because elderberry prevents the flu virus from replicating allowing you to get well in as little as 2-3 days instead of six.

Ginger

Steep some fresh ginger in hot water for an excellent natural remedy for reducing chills, sore throat, and body aches.

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that help ease aches and pains, plus it will help sweat out your fever. It’s also anti-nausea so it will help soothe the stomach and intestinal tract.