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close this bookTreating Measles in Children (Document & Slides) (WHO - OMS, 1997, 60 p.)
close this folderPart 5. GENERAL MANAGEMENT
View the document29. Essential components of management
View the document30. Relieving common symptoms - fever, cough and blocked nose
View the document31. Relieving common symptoms - eye and mouth care
View the document32. Providing nutritional support
View the document33. Giving vitamin A
View the document34. Vitamin A dosage
View the document35. Informing and advising the mother
View the document36. Reasons for immediate return to clinic
View the documentSummary of Part 5

33. Giving vitamin A

Slide 33

Vitamin A is recommended for children with measles in the following situations:

· in areas where measles case fatality is probably more than 1%

· in areas of known vitamin A deficiency

· in all cases of severe complicated measles.

· Give the first dose of vitamin A to the child immediately on diagnosis.

· Give a second dose the following day. The reason for the second dose is to make sure that the body stores are built up again, even if the child has diarrhoea and is very ill.

· Inform the mother about the importance of vitamin A, and provide her with the second dose for giving at home. Give her the exact number of capsules to avoid accidental overdosing.