Should I Worry If My Child Get Rashes After MMR?

Of course, as a mother, everything uncommon happen to my kids will always be my worry.

I noticed after an hour of MMR jab, (jab for 1 year old baby), Ziyyad got rashes on both knees. Knowing that it is a sign of the side effect of MMR (thanks to the nurse who informed me about this before the jab), the worry is not as much as having a chicken pox or measles. And i notice at the night, Ziyyad is not comfortable to sleep, and a little bit cranky. And this is also the side effect of MMR as told by the nurse. (Maybe i should mention here that i got 2 kids before Ziyyad, and they didn’t have this kind of side effect, so that this time i have to share in case other parents out there need to know this side effect).

But, my worry became greater when this morning i noticed Ziyyad is much more uncomfortable and more cranky. Thanks to Papa who is having Public Holiday (PH) today so he can take care after Ziyyad. Arrived at the office early, thanks to the smooth traffic due to PH and school holiday, i’ve googled these:


It’s only natural that you’re concerned if your child has a rash. But don’t worry, it doesn’t mean she has measles. She’s just having a reaction to the live but weakened measles virus in the MMR vaccine. Although the reaction looks like measles, your child isn’t going to develop the disease itself with all its symptoms.

There is only a very small chance of any child developing a rash after having the MMR vaccine. Rest assured that any side-effects are likely to be mild and won’t need treatment. The rash can appear any time between three and 28 days after the immunisation, although it usually shows up around the sixth to 10th day.

If your child has a rash after the MMR, it will probably start as red spots on her chest and neck. It will fade away after a few days. In some cases, the rash may spread, or the spots might become raised and bumpy. Your child may have a fever, too. You can treat her fever with infant paracetamol or ibuprofen. Also, keep your child cool and give her plenty to drink.

Let your doctor know if your child seems very ill, if the rash spots are dark red, or if the spots don’t fade when you apply pressure to them. These could be signs of another illness, such as meningitis, that may be unrelated to the MMR vaccine.

MMR vaccine side effects

The MMR vaccine is very safe and most side effects are mild and short-lived.

Because the MMR vaccine combines three separate vaccines in one injection, each vaccine can cause different side effects that can happen at different times.

There’s less chance of side effects after the second dose of MMR than the first.

Common side effects of the MMR vaccine

About one week to 11 days after the MMR injection, some children get a very mild form of measles. This includes a rash, high temperature, loss of appetite and a general feeling of being unwell for about two or three days.

About three to four weeks after having the MMR injection, one in 50 children develop a mild form of mumps. This includes swelling of the glands in the cheek, neck or under the jaw, and lasts for a day or two.

One to three weeks after receiving the rubella vaccine component of MMR vaccine, some adult women experience painful, stiff or swollen joints, which can last for around three days.

Rare side effects of the MMR vaccine

Bruise-like spots

In rare cases, a child may get a small rash of bruise-like spots about two weeks after having the MMR vaccine. This side effect is linked to the rubella vaccine and is known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).

It’s been estimated that ITP develops in one in every 24,000 doses of the MMR vaccine given. There is a greater risk of developing ITP from measles or rubella infection than there is from having the vaccine. ITP usually gets better without treatment but, as with any rash, you should seek advice from your GP as soon as possible.

Seizures (fits)

There is a small chance of seizures (fits) occurring six to 11 days after having the MMR vaccine. It sounds alarming, but it’s rare, and only happens in only about one in every 1,000 doses. In fact MMR-related seizures are less frequent than seizures that occur as a direct result of a measles infection.

Allergic reaction

In extremely rare cases, a child can have a severe allergic reaction (known medically as anaphylaxis) immediately after having the MMR vaccine. Again it’s an alarming prospect, but if the child is treated quickly, they make a full recovery. Medical staff who give vaccines are trained to deal with allergic reactions.

Okay, thanks again because so far Ziyyad is not having a fever. Phewww…according to the nurse, if the symptom getting worse, i have to go to the hospital. And i will do that if it happen. Right now, just monitor the baby’s condition and i hope we can bear all the cranky-thing. Dear Allah, please take care of my Ziyyad…


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ila
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 17:30:12

    nak sye lagu forever in love kenny g ………………………


  2. liya
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 08:11:46

    Muju tkde apa kan kak. Mmg risau kalau kalau anak tk sihat.. even naik rashes pun kita x senang hati tgk.


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