Symptoms of Rubella in Children Pictures - 23 Photos & Images

German measles is caused by the rubella virus, which is not the same virus that causes measles. German measles occurs most often in the winter and spring. The disease is spread through close contact or through the air. People with German measles become contagious several days before symptoms begin. The contagious period lasts 5 to 7 days after symptoms appear.

Children with German measles have a low-grade fever (100°F–102°F or 37.8°C–38.9°C) along with a pink rash and swollen, tender glands at the back of the neck or behind the ears. The appearance of the rash can vary, but it usually begins on the face. Then it spreads to the neck, torso, arms, and legs and fades from the face as it moves to other parts of the body. Teenagers may have aching joints as well. These symptoms develop about 14 to 21 days after a child is infected with the virus.

Make sure your child is kept comfortable. Give him fluids and encourage bed rest if he’s feeling tired. Children with rubella should not attend school or child care for 7 days after their rash first appears.

If your child has symptoms associated with German measles, such as a rash and fever, call your pediatrician. However, because the symptoms of German measles can be mild in children, parents may not even realize that their child has the infection. In fact, about 25% to 50% of children who have been infected with German measles have no symptoms at all.

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