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Measles

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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Measles is a highly infectious illness caused by a virus. It is spread via respiratory droplets, meaning you can catch it if an infected person sneezes, coughs or even spends time in the same room as you. The illness can be dangerous for small children and babies. It can cause complications such as pneumonia, ear infections and, rarely, inflammation in the brain. Because measles is vaccine-preventable, it is no longer a common health risk in Australia.

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 25 February 2015 references
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    Dr Evelyn Lewin
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    Dr Evelyn Lewin
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    8676567
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    17.08.2016

This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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