Hi everyone... well, my 15mo daughter is pretty unwell right now, and this morning after a few days of fever and generally being supremely tired and miserable, she has developed a rash. I can't tell from the images I've found whether it's measles or something milder - just how ill and not herself she's been makes me think it's measles, plus the symptoms add up more except I don't think she has the white spots in her mouth. In any case I know you guys can't diagnose her! I'm just wondering if anybody has had experience with this in their kids or themselves... and specifically, what you did or didn't do to help matters.
My DD has had no vaccinations, so it wouldn't surprise me if it were measles. But I am very hesitant to take her to our GP here (UK) because well, they suck. I'm quite sure they would want her to have painkillers and antibiotics, and maybe even push the MMR on us. And from what I've been reading it is actually better NOT to suppress the fever (though in DD the fever's gone) and rash and my own feelings about antibiotics just tell me that's a rubbish idea. Surely she needs beneficial bacteria to help ward off infections, not a mass extermination of all bacteria in her body (even before a potential complication arises?!).
Does anybody know of anything I should be doing to help ensure a good recovery? She's completely off food (except raw honey, which she will take, and I'm hoping it won't be bad for her...) but has been nursing a lot, so I'm trying to eat a lot of vitamins C and A in the hope that they transfer over to her. Has anybody here seen their (unvaxed?) kids through measles OK? What was it like, what did you do? And out of curiosity... has anybody seen the overall improvement in their kids' wellbeing and development following a case of measles? This is just something I've been reading about and I'm curious to know if there's something to it! Thank you all.