Treatments for Measles (rubeola) in Children

How is measles usually treated?
The goal of treatment for measles is to help prevent the disease, or decrease the severity of the symptoms. Since it is a viral infection, there is no cure for measles.

Traditional treatments for measles include:

  • increased fluid intake
  • acetaminophen (Tylenol ®) for fever (do not give aspirin!)

If your child was exposed to measles and has not been immunized, your child's doctor may give him the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine within 72 hours to help prevent the disease from emerging.