Enterovirus, a virus related to hand foot and mouth disease, is infecting kids throughout the Midwest, South and Northeast.
According to the CDC, hundreds of children ranging in age from 6 months to 16 are being hospitalized with Enterovirus symptoms.
What are the symptoms of Enterovirus D68?
Early Enterovirus symptoms are similar to those of a common cold and can include:
- Runny nose
- Asthma-like symptoms such as wheezing or trouble breathing
Treating Enterovirus D68
Enterovirus is difficult to treat. It’s caused by a virus, which means antibiotics won’t help. There is also no antiviral medication or vaccine to prevent it from spreading.
Children who are suffering from the virus are often given supplemental oxygen to help with the asthma symptoms. Some over-the-counter medicine, in addition to rest and fluids, can help alleviate the common cold symptoms.
Protecting Children from Enterovirus
Steps to protecting your child from Enterovirus D68 include:
- Discourage your child from touching tables and toys and then touching their face
- Teach your children to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds particularly after using the restroom
- Disinfect surfaces
- Avoid sharing utensils or cups with others
For more information please visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/ or contact our office in Lake Mary, Florida by calling (407) 323-3550