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Viral Infections FAQs

What causes a viral infection?

  • Viral infections may be contracted by children of all ages.

What are some common types of viral infections?

  • Common cold
  • Influenza
  • Fifth Disease
  • Cold Sores (HSV-1)
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Croup
  • Tonsillitis

What are some symptoms?
Viral infections can cause many different symptoms, including:

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

How can I treat my child’s viral infection?

  • Viruses cannot be treated with antibiotics. The best remedy is for your child is to get an adequate amount of rest so her or her immune system will be able to fight the virus.
  • Aspirin should not be given to children with fever symptoms or body aches as this could increase the risk of Reye’s syndrome in those who have certain viral infections. Please use ibuprofen or acetaminophen instead. Ibuprofen can not be used in infants under the age of six months.
  • Keep your child hydrated.
  • Use saline nasal drops as needed to clear a stuffy nose in babies.