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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

What Every Parent Should Know About the Enterovirus

We are sure you’ve heard on the news about the recent surge in hospital stays in children for a respiratory virus called Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68 while Enteroviruses are very common, EV-D68 is not).  We here at Northwest Pediatrics wanted to provide you some timely information on this virus.

Enterovirus symptoms are very similar to those of a very intense cold (sneezing, runny nose and cough).  Other symptoms include difficulty breathing, and in some cases a rash. Sometimes they can be accompanied by fever or wheezing.  However, it is the respiratory symptoms that stand this particular enterovirus apart from the others.  If your child starts developing symptoms of the common cold, there is no need to worry.  The beginning of a school year is a typical time of year to see a surge in viruses. However, please call the office if your child exhibits the above symptoms AND then develops a fever or a rash, or if your child has difficulty breathing. Children with asthma, or a history of breathing problems, are particularly susceptible for severe symptoms.  Reports indicate that these respiratory symptoms may come on quickly.  If your child is ever in an urgent or emergent situation, please call 911 immediately.

What makes children more susceptible is that the virus is often spread between those in close proximity to each other, and their immune systems are still developing .  There is no vaccine against enteroviruses, but we cannot stress enough following these few simple practices:

•    Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds — particularly after going to the bathroom and changing diapers.
•    Clean and disinfect surfaces that are regularly touched by different people, such as toys and doorknobs.
•    Avoid shaking hands, kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who may be sick. Please stay home if you feel unwell, and do not send your child to school sick.

Remember, symptoms of the common cold are not a reason for concern.  Just keep an eye out for any signs of respiratory distress such as wheezing, and trouble breathing.  Your best line of defense is practicing good hand washing, sanitizing, and limit close contact with those who may be sick.

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