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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

34. Vitamin A dosage

Slide 34:

Age

Immediately on diagnosis

Next day

Infants less than 6 months old

50 000 IU

50 000 IU

Infants aged 6-11 months

100 000 IU

100 000 IU

Children aged 12 months and over

200 000 IU

200 000 IU

The dosage schedule of vitamin A for children with measles is shown on this slide. Note that if the child has any eye signs indicating vitamin A deficiency (refer to slide 27), then a third dose must be given at least 2 weeks after the second dose. This should be given when the child comes for a check-up at the clinic.

Vitamin A supplements are available either as capsules (50 000 IU, 100 000 IU, 200 000 IU) or in liquid form with a pump dispenser. Capsules need to be cut open for children under the age of 2 years. Capsules have the advantage that they can be given to mothers for use at home.