The start of school brings an influx of germs into our children’s world. While sneezes, sniffles, and coughing may simply be signs of a common cold, sometimes, they are symptoms of something more: Enterovirus. Most of the time, these mild symptoms can be treated by rest, fluids, and other treatments typically used for common cold symptoms. However, sometimes symptoms can worsen and lead to more serious illnesses.
If you have an asthmatic child with severe symptoms, it is important to follow the asthma action plan and to communicate with our office often. It’s also important for children with asthma to get a seasonal flu vaccine. Ensure that you have your child’s rescue inhaler on hand during times of increased germs that could lead to enteroviruses and respiratory distress.
While enteroviruses might be especially scary for a child suffering from asthma, it can also cause respiratory problems for children without asthma. If your child exhibits a high fever and cold symptoms for longer than a week and if they have any difficulty breathing, it is important to contact our office or bring your child in for an assessment.
Enteroviruses are spread by contact. Your child can be infected by close contact with someone suffering from the illness, as well as objects that have the virus on them. To reduce the risk of enteroviral infections, make sure that your child is washing his hands thoroughly. Encourage her to avoid touching her face with hands that haven’t been washed and to wash hands before eating. Disinfecting surfaces that could be exposed to the enterovirus is also a good practice. Teenagers are known for sharing food and drinks. It is important to reiterate to them that sharing water bottles on the athletic or band fields is not best practice and can lead to serious illness.Hand foot and mouth disease is caused by coxsackievirus and is an enterovirus. Children and adults can be hospitalized secondary to dehydration that can be experienced from this germ. Enterovirus is also a common cause of viral meningitis.
Please call our office if you have any concerns that your child might have an enteroviral infection. Our excellent staff will be able to instruct you on your next steps in alleviating symptoms, bringing your child in for an assessment, or having medication called to the pharmacy. We have daytime and nighttime hours for your convenience, and a doctor is always on call for emergencies.